1. any segment of embryonic mesoderm that develops into skeletal muscle in the adult
  2. any of the segmentally arranged blocks of muscle in lower vertebrates such as fishes
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  1. The segment of a somite in a vertebrate embryo that differentiates into skeletal muscle.muscle plate
  2. A muscle or group of muscles derived from one somite and innervated by a single segment of a spinal nerve.
  3. A knife for dividing muscle.
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