- a blocklike segment of mesodermal tissue in the vertebrate embryo, giving rise to muscle, bone, etc.
< soma + -ite
See somite in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- See metamere.
- A segmental mass of mesoderm in the vertebrate embryo, occurring in pairs along the notochord and developing into muscles and vertebrae.
Origin: Greek sōma, body; see soma1
Origin: + -ite1
- so·mitˈic (sō-mĭtˈĭk) adjective
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