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sclerotome

[skleer-uh-tohm, skler-]
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noun
  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.
  3. Zoology. a fibrous partition separating successive myotomes.
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Origin of sclerotome

First recorded in 1855–60; sclero- + -tome
Related formsscle·ro·tom·ic [skleer-uh-tom-ik, skler-] /ˌsklɪər əˈtɒm ɪk, ˌsklɛr-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

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

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell


sclerotome in Medicine

sclerotome

(sklîrə-tōm′)
n.
  1. A knife used in sclerotomy.
  2. A group of mesenchymal cells emerging from the ventromedial part of a mesodermic somite and migrating toward the notochord.
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