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ectoderm

 [ek´to-derm]
the outermost of the three primary germ layers of the embryo; from it are derived the epidermis and epidermic tissues such as nails, hair, and glands of the skin; the nervous system; external sense organs such as the eye and ear; and the mucous membranes of the mouth and anus. adj., adj ectoder´mal, ectoder´mic.

ec·to·derm

(ek'tō-dĕrm),
The outer layer of cells in the embryo, after establishment of the three primary germ layers (ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm), the germ layer in contact with the amnionic cavity.
Synonym(s): ectoblast (1)
[ecto- + G. derma, skin]

ectoderm

(ĕk′tə-dûrm′)
n.
1. The outermost of the three primary germ layers of an embryo, from which the epidermis, nervous tissue, and, in vertebrates, sense organs develop.
2. The outer layer of a diploblastic animal, such as a jellyfish.

ec′to·der′mal, ec′to·der′mic adj.

ec·to·derm

(ek'tō-dĕrm)
The outer layer of cells in the embryo, after establishment of the three primary germ layers (e.g., ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm).
Synonym(s): ectoblast (1) .
[ecto- + G. derma, skin]

ectoderm

The outermost of the three primary germ layers of an embryo, the others being the MESODERM and the ENDODERM. The ectoderm develops into the skin, the nervous system, and the sense organs.

ectoderm

or

ectoblast

the germ layer lying on the outside of the developing embryo that eventually gives rise largely to the EPIDERMIS, but also to nervous tissue and, where present, nephridia (see NEPHRIDIUM). Compare ENDODERM.

ectoderm

The outermost of the three primary germinal layers of an embryo (the other layers being mesoderm and endoderm) from which the eye is derived. It differentiates into outer surface ectoderm and inner neuroectoderm, which gives rise to neural crest cells. The surface ectoderm gives rise to the crystalline lens, the lacrimal gland, the meibomian glands, the corneal and conjunctival epithelium and the epidermis of the eyelids. The neuroectoderm (neural ectoderm) will form the retina, retinal pigment epithelium, the pigmented and non-pigmented layers of the ciliary and iris epithelium, the dilator and sphincter muscles of the iris and the optic nerve fibres. Neural crest cells will form the corneal stroma and endothelium, sclera, iris and choroidal stroma, ciliary muscle and trabecular meshwork. See optic cup; mesoderm; optic vesicles.

ec·to·derm

(ek'tō-dĕrm)
Outer layer of cells in the embryo, after establishment of the three primary germ layers (ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm).
[ecto- + G. derma, skin]