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somite

[ soh-mahyt ]
/ ˈsoʊ maɪt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of somite

First recorded in 1865–70; som(a)1 + -ite1
so·mi·tal [soh-mi-tl], /ˈsoʊ mɪ tl/, so·mit·ic [soh-mit-ik], /soʊˈmɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for somite

somite
/ (ˈsəʊmaɪt) /

noun

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
somital (ˈsəʊmɪtəl) or somitic (səʊˈmɪtɪk), adjective
C19: from Greek sōma a body
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for somite

somite
[ sōmīt′ ]

n.

A segmental mass of mesoderm in the vertebrate embryo, occurring in pairs along the notochord and developing into muscles and vertebrae.
metamere
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