sclerotome

[ skleer-uh-tohm, skler- ]
/ ˈsklɪər əˌtoʊm, ˈsklɛr- /

noun

Embryology. the part of a mesodermal somite contributing to the development of the vertebrae and ribs.
Surgery. an instrument for use in performing a sclerotomy.
Zoology. a fibrous partition separating successive myotomes.

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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
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Example sentences from the Web for sclerotome

  • He describes in the dorsal part the formation of myotome and sclerotome, as in the Craniota.

    The Origin of Vertebrates|Walter Holbrook Gaskell

Medical definitions for sclerotome

sclerotome
[ sklîrə-tōm′ ]

n.

A knife used in sclerotomy.
A group of mesenchymal cells emerging from the ventromedial part of a mesodermic somite and migrating toward the notochord.
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