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 (mĕz′ō-ə-mĕr′ĭ-kə, mĕs′-)
A region extending south and east from central Mexico to include parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In pre-Columbian times it was inhabited by diverse civilizations, including the Maya and the Olmec.

Mes′o·a·mer′i·can adj. & n.
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Noun1.Mesoamerican - a member of one of the various peoples inhabiting Mesoamerica
American - a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
Adj.1.Mesoamerican - of or relating to the people of Mesoamerica or their languages or culturesMesoamerican - of or relating to the people of Mesoamerica or their languages or cultures
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Paul: how Juan Huarte de San Juan responded to Inquisitorial censorship; and the Inquisition confronts Mesoamerican divination to treat child illness in 16th-century Guatemala.
Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN), also known as chronic kidney disease of unknown cause (CKDu) is an endemic CKD not associated with diabetes or hypertension, and which cause has not yet been elucidated.
Erika Buenaflor has a master's degree in religious studies with a focus on Mesoamerican shamanism from the University of California at Riverside.
Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky is the most recent of Bowles's several books that bring the folktales, myths, and poetry of Mesoamerican cultures to anglophone and hispanophone readers.
At the heart of the museum, in a vast room at the far end of the courtyard, the Aztec empire is presented as the culmination of some 2,000 years of Mesoamerican civilisation, the displays centring around the vast 'Sun Stone', unearthed in the centre of Mexico City at the end of the 18th century.
The Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world, extending from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Honduran Bay Islands, and is only second in size to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia (Gerholdt 2016).
That a small band of conquistadors could defeat a massive army of Mesoamerican warriors proved the superiority of Western culture.
Based on the results, the 52% and 48% of the bean genotypes were categorized as Mesoamerican and Andean originated genotypes.
Colonial Mesoamerican ethnohistorical scholarship rests on the assumption that both indigenous- and Spanish-authored sources, written and visual, offer valid--if sometimes biased--views of the prehispanic past.
The Mexicas, later called the Aztecs by the Spaniards, escaped oppression from their tyrannical rulers called the Azteca Chicomoztoca in northern Mexico because they heeded a calling from Huitzilopotchli, a Mesoamerican deity who promised them a glorious and powerful empire if they left the region.
They found the "well-preserved remains" of the royal palace on the north side of the El Palenque archaeological site and say the structure "exhibits certain architectural and organizational features similar to the royal palaces of much later Mesoamerican states described by Colonial-period sources."