[ skleer-uh-tohm, skler- ]

  1. Embryology. the part of a mesodermal somite contributing to the development of the vertebrae and ribs.

  2. Surgery. an instrument for use in performing a sclerotomy.

  1. Zoology. a fibrous partition separating successive myotomes.

Origin of sclerotome

First recorded in 1855–60; sclero- + -tome

Other words from sclerotome

  • scle·ro·tom·ic [skleer-uh-tom-ik, skler-], /ˌsklɪər əˈtɒm ɪk, ˌsklɛr-/, adjective

Words Nearby sclerotome Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sclerotome in a sentence

  • Such segments have received the name of sclerotomes, and each sclerotome corresponds to one spinal segment.

    The Origin of Vertebrates | Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • He describes in the dorsal part the formation of myotome and sclerotome, as in the Craniota.

    The Origin of Vertebrates | Walter Holbrook Gaskell