[mez-uh-glee-uh, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]
- the noncellular, gelatinous material between the inner and outer body walls of a coelenterate or sponge.
Origin of mesoglea
1885–90; < New Latin mesogloea, equivalent to meso- meso- + Greek gloía glue
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Examples from the Web for mesogloea
The medusoids have a muscular velum of ectoderm and mesogloea only.
The corallum shaded with dots, the mesogloea represented by a thick line.
The mesogloea of the medusa is largely developed and of great thickness in the umbrella.
The mesogloea is greatly developed in them and they are often of very tough consistency.
Between the ectoderm and endoderm a gelatinous supporting layer, termed the mesogloea, makes its appearance.
- the gelatinous material between the outer and inner cellular layers of jellyfish and other coelenterates
C19: New Latin, from meso- + Greek gloia glue