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Sclerotome

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sclerotome (Zoöl) One of the bony, cartilaginous, or membranous partitions which separate the myotomes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sclerotome A sclerous or scleroskeletal structure intervening between successive myotomes; a division or partition of muscles by means of intervening sclerous tissue, as occurs in the muscles of the trunk of various amphibians and fishes.
    • n sclerotome A knife used in incising the sclerotic.
    • n sclerotome That portion of the meta-merically segmented mesoderm of the vertebrate embryo which gives rise to the sustentacular or supporting structures, such as the bony, cartilaginous, and connective-tissue skeleton.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. sklhro`s hard + te`mnein to cut