- 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
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There are pleasant walks by the Rhine, beautiful Anlagen, a picturesque old tower, and the site of Gutenberg's house to see.A War-time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes
Harriet Julia Jephson
- another word for primordium
German: predisposition, layout
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Word Origin and History for anlagen
"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.)).
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- 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.
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