body wall

noun

: the external surface of the animal body consisting of ectoderm and mesoderm and enclosing the body cavity

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Only the minor workers are able to rupture their body wall. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 20 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body wall was in 1852

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“Body wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body%20wall. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

body wall

noun

: the external surface of the animal body consisting of ectoderm and mesoderm and enclosing the body cavity
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