somatic mesoderm

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the middle of the three primary germ layers of the embryo, lying between the ectoderm and entoderm; from it are derived the connective tissue, bone, cartilage, muscle, blood and blood vessels, lymphatics, lymphoid organs, notochord, pleura, pericardium, peritoneum, kidneys, and gonads. adj., adj mesoder´mal, mesoder´mic.
somatic mesoderm the outer layer of the developing mesoderm.
splanchnic mesoderm the inner layer of the developing mesoderm.
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so·mat·ic mes·o·derm

the mesoderm adjacent to the ectoderm in the early embryo, after formation of the intraembryonic celom; the limbs and body wall are derived, in part, from it.
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somatic mesoderm

a MESODERM with its embryonic origin on either side of the NOTOCHORD. It develops into
  1. (a) a series of blocks of SOMITES from which are derived MYOTOMES,
  2. (b) mesenchyme which forms connective tissue and
  3. (c) the vertebral column.
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