endoderm

noun
en·do·derm | \ˈen-də-ˌdərm \

Definition of endoderm 

1a : the innermost of the three primary germ layers of an embryo that is the source of the epithelium of the digestive tract and its derivatives and of the lower respiratory tract

b : a tissue (such as esophageal or pancreatic tissue) derived from this germ layer

2 : the inner layer of cells of a diploblastic animal (such as a jellyfish or hydra)

Other Words from endoderm

endodermal \ˌen-də-ˈdər-məl \ adjective

First Known Use of endoderm

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for endoderm

French endoderme, from end- + Greek derma skin — more at derm-

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endoderm

noun
en·do·derm | \ˈen-də-ˌdərm \

Medical Definition of endoderm 

: the innermost of the three primary germ layers of an embryo that is the source of the epithelium of the digestive tract and its derivatives and of the lower respiratory tract also : a tissue that is derived from this germ layer

Other Words from endoderm

endodermal \ˌen-də-ˈdər-məl \ adjective

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