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Paired, segmented masses of MESENCHYME located on either side of the developing spinal cord (neural tube). Somites derive from PARAXIAL MESODERM and continue to increase in number during ORGANOGENESIS. Somites give rise to SKELETON (sclerotome); MUSCLES (myotome); and DERMIS (dermatome).

Year introduced: 1997

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Tree Number(s): A16.504.660.750

MeSH Unique ID: D019170

Entry Terms:

  • Somite

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