protoplanetary disk

[ prō′tə-plănĭ-tĕr′ē ]

  1. A rotating disk of dust and gas that surrounds the core of a developing solar system. It may eventually develop into orbiting celestial bodies such as planets and asteroids. See more at planetesimal.

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