Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

coelom

play
noun coe·lom \ˈsē-ləm\

Definition of coelom

plural coeloms or coe·lo·ma·ta play \si-ˈlō-mə-tə\

  1. :  the usually epithelium-lined space between the body wall and the digestive tract of metazoans above the lower worms

coe·lo·mate play \ˈsē-lə-ˌmāt\ adjective or noun
coe·lo·mic play \si-ˈlä-mik, -ˈlō-\ adjective


Origin of coelom

German, from Greek koilōma cavity, from koilos


First Known Use: 1875


Medical Dictionary

coelom

play
noun coe·lom \ˈsē-ləm\

Medical Definition of coelom

plural coeloms or coe·lo·ma·ta \si-ˈlō-mət-ə\play

  1. :  the usually epithelium-lined body cavity of metazoans above the lower worms that forms a large space when well developed between the digestive tract and the body wall

  2. coe·lo·mate \ˈsē-lə-ˌmāt\play adjective or noun
    coe·lo·mic \si-ˈläm-ik, -ˈlō-mik\play play adjective




Learn More about coelom

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "coelom" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "coelom"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up coelom? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ