blastoderm

noun

blas·​to·​derm ˈbla-stə-ˌdərm How to pronounce blastoderm (audio)
: a blastodisc after completion of cleavage and formation of the blastocoel

Word History

Etymology

earlier blastoderma, from blasto- blasto- + -derma -derma

Note: Term originated by the Baltic German embryologist and zoologist Christian Heinrich Pander (1794-1865) in Dissertatio inauguralis sistens historiam metamorphoseos, quam ovum incubatum prioribus quinque diebus subit (Würzburg, 1817), p. 21: "Praeterea enim, quod sibi sedem ac domicilium hoc deligit Embryo, ipsum quoque sua substantia ad ejus configurationem plurimum confert, quare id etiam in posterum blastoderma vocabimus." ("Moreover, because the embryo chooses this as its seat and domicile, and contributes much of its own substance to its configuration, we will henceforth call it the blastoderma.") In the German version of his dissertation (Beiträge zur Entwicklungsgeschichte des Hühnchens im Eye, Würzburg, 1817), Pander translates blastoderma as Keimhaut ("germ-skin").

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blastoderm was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Blastoderm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blastoderm. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

blastoderm

noun

blas·​to·​derm -ˌdərm How to pronounce blastoderm (audio)
: a blastodisc after completion of cleavage and formation of the blastocoel

called also discoblastula

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