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In vertebrate embryos: a cavity in the centre of an early myotome. Also: a compartment of the coelom associated with each myotome in adult amphioxus (Branchiostoma) and other cephalochordates.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science. From myo- + -coele, after German Myocöl.
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