Biology Prefixes and Suffixes: meso-

Mesothelium is simple squamous epithelium derived from the middle embryonic germ layer known as the mesoderm. It is sometimes called pavement epithelium as the cells are analogous to flat tiles on a floor. Credit: Ed Reschke/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Biology Prefixes and Suffixes: meso-


The prefix (meso-) comes from the Greek mesos or middle. (Meso-) means middle, between or intermediate.


Mesocardium (meso-cardium) - double layer of mesoderm that supports the embryonic heart.

Mesocarp (meso-carp) - the middle layer of the walls of a ripened fruit (pericarp); middle skin layer of fruit.

Mesocephalic (meso-cephalic) - having a head size of medium proportions.

Mesoderm (meso-derm) - middle germ layer of a developing embryo that forms connective tissues such as muscle, bone and blood. It also forms urinary and genital organs including the kidneys and gonads.

Mesoglea (meso-glea) - layer of gelatinous material located between outer and inner cell layers in some invertebrates including jellyfish and hydra.

Mesohyloma (meso-hyloma) - tumor originating from epithelium derived from the mesoderm.

Mesonephros (meso-nephros) - the middle portion of the embryoinc kidney.

Mesomere (meso-mere) - a blastomere (cell resulting from the cell division or cleavage process that occurs following fertilization) of medium size.

Mesomorph (meso-morph) - individual with a muscular body type predominated by tissue derived from the mesoderm.

Mesophyll (meso-phyll) - photosynthetic tissue of a leaf, located between the upper and lower plant epidermis.

Mesophyte (meso-phyte) - a plant living in a habitat that provides a moderate supply of water.

Mesosome (meso-some) - anterior portion of abdomen in arachnids located between the cephalothorax and lower abdomen.

Mesosphere (meso-sphere) - Earth's atmospheric layer located between the stratosphere and thermosphere.

Mesothelium (meso-thelium) - epithelium that is derived from the mesoderm embryonic layer.

It forms simple squamous epithelium.

Mesothorax (meso-thorax) - middle segment of an insect located between the prothorax and metathorax.

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