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[ih-pib-uh-lee] /ɪˈpɪb ə li/
noun, plural epibolies. Embryology.
the movement and spreading out of cells into sheets of tissue that overlie or surround other groups of cells, especially as in the formation of certain gastrulas.
Origin of epiboly
1870-75; < Greek epibolḗ a throwing on, equivalent to epi- epi- + bol- (variant stem of bállein to throw) + noun suffix
Related forms
[ep-uh-bol-ik] /ˌɛp əˈbɒl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for epiboly


noun (pl) -lies
(embryol) a process that occurs during gastrulation in vertebrates, in which cells on one side of the blastula grow over and surround the remaining cells and yolk and eventually form the ectoderm
Derived Forms
epibolic (ˌɛpɪˈbɒlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek epibolē a laying on, from epiballein to throw on, from epi- + ballein to throw
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epiboly in Medicine

epiboly e·pib·o·ly (ĭ-pĭb'ə-lē)
The growth of a rapidly dividing group of cells around a more slowly dividing group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula.

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