coelom

noun
coe·​lom | \ ˈsē-ləm How to pronounce coelom (audio) \
plural coeloms or coelomata\ si-​ˈlō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce coelomata (audio) \

Definition of coelom

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

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Other Words from coelom

coelomate \ ˈsē-​lə-​ˌmāt How to pronounce coelomate (audio) \ adjective or noun
coelomic \ si-​ˈlä-​mik How to pronounce coelomic (audio) , -​ˈlō-​ How to pronounce coelomic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of coelom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The virus must then not only survive the digestive process, but replicate within the mosquito and pass through the gut wall to the coelom (main body cavity) of the mosquito. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Can Mosquitoes Carry the Coronavirus? Here's What Experts Say," 21 May 2020

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First Known Use of coelom

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coelom

German, from Greek koilōma cavity, from koilos

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The first known use of coelom was in 1875

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“Coelom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coelom. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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coelom

noun
coe·​lom | \ ˈsē-ləm How to pronounce coelom (audio) \
plural coeloms or coelomata\ si-​ˈlō-​mət-​ə How to pronounce coelomata (audio) \

Medical Definition of coelom

: 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

Other Words from coelom

coelomate \ ˈsē-​lə-​ˌmāt How to pronounce coelomate (audio) \ adjective or noun
coelomic \ si-​ˈläm-​ik How to pronounce coelomic (audio) , -​ˈlō-​mik How to pronounce coelomic (audio) \ adjective

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