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Pronunciation: ā-sē′lom

Definition: Absence of a true celom or body cavity lined with mesothelium; typically found in Platyhelminthes (flatworms), which have a syncytial mass of parenchymal cells instead of a true body cavity.

[G. a- priv. + koilōma, hollow (celom)]

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