[skleer-uh-tohm, skler-]


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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sclerotome

Historical Examples of sclerotome

  • 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




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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