[ noo r-oh-ep-i-thee-lee-uh m, nyoo r- ]
/ ˌnʊər oʊˌɛp ɪˈθi li əm, ˌnyʊər- /

noun, plural neu·ro·ep·i·the·li·ums, neu·ro·ep·i·the·li·a [noo r-oh-ep-i-thee-lee-uh, nyoo r-] /ˌnʊər oʊˌɛp ɪˈθi li ə, ˌnyʊər-/.

Embryology. the part of the embryonic ectoderm that gives rise to the nervous system.
Anatomy. tissue composed of epithelial cells that are specialized to serve a sensory function, as the nasal mucosa and retina.

Origin of neuroepithelium

First recorded in 1880–85; neuro- + epithelium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for neuroepithelium

[ nur′ō-ĕp′ə-thēlē-əm ]


The part of the embryonic ectoderm that develops into the nervous system.
The highly specialized epithelial cells of sensory organs such as the eye and nose.

Other words from neuroepithelium

neu′ro•ep′i•theli•al adj.
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