Myoepithelial
Myoepithelial My`o*ep`i*the"li*al, a. [Myo- + epithelial.] 1. (Biol.) Derived from epithelial cells and destined to become a part of the muscular system; -- applied to structural elements in certain embryonic forms. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Having the characteristics of both muscle and epithelium; as, the myoepithelial cells of the hydra. [1913 Webster]


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  • myoepithelial — myo·epithelial …   English syllables

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