- Embryology. an embryonic area capable of forming a structure: the primordium, germ, or bud.
- Psychology. an inherited predisposition to certain traits or to a particular character development.
Origin of anlage
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for anlage
According to the author, anlage may be variously rendered as rudiment, inception or primordium.
Hatchlings flex the plastron chiefly in the region of the humeropectoral seam, rather than at the anlage of the transverse hinge.
A leaf may be formed out of the Anlage of a scale, if all the leaves are cut off, and so on.The Science and Philosophy of the Organism
Braus138 has proved this by transplanting the anlage of a foreleg to different parts of the body.The Organism as a Whole
As this groove is followed caudad its ventral wall is seen to become much thickened, tg, to form the anlage of the thyroid gland.Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator
Albert M. Reese
- another word for primordium
German: predisposition, layout
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for anlage
"basis of a later development" (plural anlagen), 1892, from German anlage "foundation, basis," from anlagen (v.) "to establish," from an "on" + legen "to lay" (see lay (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The initial clustering of embryonic cells from which a part or an organ develops; primordium.
- A genetic predisposition to a given trait or personality characteristic.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.