One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating an epithelial cell containing contractile fibres, occurring especially in the body wall of coelenterates and in certain mammalian exocrine glands; consisting of or relating to such cells.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Francis Maitland Balfour (1851–1882), comparative embryologist and morphologist. From myo- + epithelial.
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