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My embryology textbook states that mesoderm can exist as Mesenchyme or Epithelium. I'm not sure what 'epithelium' means. Here is a quote for context:

Somatic, splanchnic, and somite mesoderm can be temporarily an epithelium. The temporary epithelium transforms to a secondary mesenchyme

What does this quote mean?

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Mesenchyme is the meshwork of embryonic connective tissue in the mesoderm; from it are formed the connective tissues of the body as well as blood vessels and lymph vessels. So it's a part of mesoderm

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to BiologySE...thanks for taking a stab at this answer. We always appreciate some references/links for answers so other users can read more about your answer. It will definitely help the strength of your answer as well. $\endgroup$ May 29, 2016 at 22:17

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