- any of the longitudinal series of segments or parts into which the body of certain animals is divided; a metamere.
- Embryology. one member of a series of paired segments into which the thickened dorsal zone of mesoderm is divided.
Origin of somite
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- embryol any of a series of dorsal paired segments of mesoderm occurring along the notochord in vertebrate embryos. It develops into muscle and bone in the adult animal
- zoology another name for metamere
Word Origin for somite
C19: from Greek sōma a body
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- A segmental mass of mesoderm in the vertebrate embryo, occurring in pairs along the notochord and developing into muscles and vertebrae.
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