One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: an embryonic muscle-forming or myoepithelial cell in an invertebrate; (also) †embryonic muscle-forming tissue, mesoderm (obsolete). Later: any incompletely or poorly differentiated muscle cell; especially any of the mononuclear cells that fuse to form skeletal muscle fibres.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From German Myoblast from myo- + -blast.
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