Definition of mesogloea in English:


(also mesoglaea, mesoglea, mesogloia)

Pronunciation /ˌmɛsə(ʊ)ˈɡliːə/


  • 1Botany
    Usually in form Mesogloia. A genus of brown algae (family Chordariaceae); an alga of this genus.

  • 2Zoology
    In coelenterates and ctenophores: a layer between the endoderm and the ectoderm, lacking organized cellular structure and often gelatinous in consistency.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Miles Berkeley (1803–1889), Church of England clergyman and naturalist. From scientific Latin Mesogloia, genus name from meso- + ancient Greek γλοίος glutinous substance.