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animal pole

noun, Biology.
1.
the formative part of an ovum, having the greatest amount of cytoplasm and containing the nucleus.
Compare vegetal pole.
Origin of animal pole
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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animal pole n.
The nuclear site in an ovum and the point from which polar bodies are extruded during maturation. Also called germinal pole.

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