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somite

[soh-mahyt]
noun
  1. any of the longitudinal series of segments or parts into which the body of certain animals is divided; a metamere.
  2. 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
Related formsso·mi·tal [soh-mi-tl] /ˈsoʊ mɪ tl/, so·mit·ic [soh-mit-ik] /soʊˈmɪt ɪk/, adjective
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somite

noun
  1. 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
  2. zoology another name for metamere
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Derived Formssomital (ˈsəʊmɪtəl) or somitic (səʊˈmɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for somite

C19: from Greek sōma a body
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somite in Medicine

somite

(sōmīt′)
n.
  1. A segmental mass of mesoderm in the vertebrate embryo, occurring in pairs along the notochord and developing into muscles and vertebrae.
  2. metamere
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