AskDefine | Define ectoderm

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ectoderm n : the outer germ layer that develops into skin and nervous tissue [syn: exoderm, ectoblast]

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  1. One of the three tissue layers in the embryo of a metazoan animal. Through development, it will produce the epidermis (skin) and nervous system of the adult.

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The ectoderm is the start of a tissue that covers the body surfaces. It emerges first and forms from the outermost of the germ layers.
Generally speaking, the ectoderm differentiates to form the Nervous system, Epidermis, and the outer part of integument.
In vertebrates, the ectoderm has three parts: external ectoderm (also known as surface ectoderm), the neural crest, and neural tube. The latter two are known as neuroectoderm.
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