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

mesothelium

play
noun me·so·the·li·um \-ˈthē-lē-əm\

Definition of mesothelium

plural me·so·the·liaplay \-lē-ə\

  1. :  epithelium derived from mesoderm that lines the body cavity of a vertebrate embryo and gives rise to epithelia (as of the peritoneum, pericardium, and pleura), striated muscle, heart muscle, and several minor structures

me·so·the·li·al play \-lē-əl\ adjective


Origin of mesothelium

New Latin, from mes- + epithelium


First Known Use: 1886


Medical Dictionary

mesothelium

play
noun me·so·the·li·um \-ˈthē-lē-əm\

Medical Definition of mesothelium

plural me·so·the·lia \-lē-ə\play

  1. :  epithelium derived from mesoderm that lines the body cavity of a vertebrate embryo and gives rise to epithelia (as of the peritoneum, pericardium, and pleurae), striated muscle, heart muscle, and several minor structures

  2. me·so·the·li·al \-lē-əl\play adjective




Learn More about mesothelium

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "mesothelium"


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

February 13, 2016

a trying or distressing experience

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds
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