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mesothelium

[ mez-uh-thee-lee-uhm, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh- ]
/ ˌmɛz əˈθi li əm, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə- /
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noun, plural mes·o·the·li·a [mez-uh-thee-lee-uh, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]. /ˌmɛz əˈθi li ə, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/. Anatomy, Embryology.
epithelium of mesodermal origin, which lines the body cavities.

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Origin of mesothelium

First recorded in 1885–90; meso- + (epi)thelium

OTHER WORDS FROM mesothelium

mes·o·the·li·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mesothelium

mesothelium
/ (ˌmɛsəʊˈθiːlɪəm) /

noun plural -liums or -lia (-lɪə)
epithelium, derived from embryonic mesoderm lining body cavities

Derived forms of mesothelium

mesothelial, adjective

Word Origin for mesothelium

from New Latin, from meso- + (epi) thelium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for mesothelium

mesothelium
[ mĕz′ə-thēlē-əm ]

Plural mesothelia
A layer of flattened epithelial cells that lines the membranes of closed body cavities, including the pericardium, pleurae, and peritoneum. Compare endothelium.
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