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coelom

 [se´lom]
body cavity, especially the cavity in the mammalian embryo between the somatopleure and splanchnopleure, which is both intra- and extraembryonic; it develops into the pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial cavities. adj., adj coelom´ic.
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coelom

also

celom

(sē′ləm)
n. pl. coeloms or coe·lomata (-lə-mä′tə, -măt′ə)
The fluid-filled cavity within the body of most multicellular animals, except some invertebrates such as flatworms and cnidarians, that lies between the body wall and the digestive tract and is formed by the splitting of the embryonic mesoderm into two layers. Also called body cavity.

coe·lom′ic (sĭ-lŏm′ĭk, -lō′mĭk) adj.
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ce·lom

, celoma (sē'lŏm, sē-lō'mă)
1. The cavity between the splanchnic and somatic mesoderm in the embryo.
Synonym(s): coelom, coeloma.
2. Synonym(s): intraembryonic celom
3. Synonym(s): body cavity.
[G. koilōma, a hollow]
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Fig. 112 Coelom . Location.

coelom

the main body cavity of most animals with three body layers, being a fluid-filled space between inner and outer layers of MESODERM. The coelom often has tubes connecting to the outside called COELOMODUCTS. In simple animals, e.g. the ANNELIDS, the coelom acts as a store for excretory products and gametes, prior to expulsion to the outside.
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