[ suh-mat-uh-ploo r, soh-muh-tuh- ]
/ səˈmæt əˌplʊər, ˈsoʊ mə tə- /

noun Embryology.

the double layer formed by the association of the upper layer of the lateral plate of mesoderm with the overlying ectoderm, functioning in the formation of the body wall and amnion.

Origin of somatopleure

From the New Latin word somatopleura, dating back to 1870–75. See somato-, pleura

Related forms

so·mat·o·pleu·ral, so·mat·o·pleu·ric, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for somatopleure


/ (ˈsəʊmətəˌplʊə, -ˌplɜː) /


a mass of tissue in embryo vertebrates that is formed by fusion of the ectoderm with the outer layer of mesoderm: develops into the amnion, chorion, and part of the body wall

Derived Forms

somatopleural or somatopleuric, adjective

Word Origin for somatopleure

C19: from New Latin somatopleura, from somato- + Greek pleura a side
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Medicine definitions for somatopleure


[ sō-mătə-plur′, sōmə-tə- ]


A complex sheet of embryonic cells formed by association of part of the mesoderm with the ectoderm and developing as the internal body wall.

Related forms

so•mat′o•pleural (-plurəl) null adj.
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