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coelom

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noun coe·lom \ˈsē-ləm\

Definition of coelom

plural coeloms or coelomata 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

coelomate play \ˈsē-lə-ˌmāt\ adjective or noun
coelomic 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 coelomata \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

coelomate \ˈsē-lə-ˌmāt\play adjective or noun
coelomic \si-ˈläm-ik, -ˈlō-mik\play play adjective



Learn More about coelom

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


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