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germ layer

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noun
  1. one of the three primary embryonic cell layers.

Origin of germ layer

First recorded in 1875–80
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Historical Examples

  • He it was who introduced the terms "Keimhaut" (blastoderm) and "Keimblatt" (germ-layer).

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • Remak is the second great name in the history of the germ-layer theory.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • He used the germ-layer theory to prove the essential unity of type of all the Triploblastica.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • If the germ-layer theory is no longer credited, upon what fundamental laws is embryology based?

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • In this manner the foundations of the germ-layer theory were established in their modern form.


British Dictionary definitions for germ layer

germ layer

noun
  1. embryol any of the three layers of cells formed during gastrulationSee ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm
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germ layer in Medicine

germ layer

n.
  1. Any of the three primary cellular layers, the ectoderm, endoderm, or mesoderm, into which most animal embryos differentiate and from which the organs and tissues of the body develop.
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germ layer in Science

germ layer

  1. Any of three cellular layers, the ectoderm, endoderm, or mesoderm, into which most animal embryos differentiate in the gastrula stage and from which the organs and tissues of the body develop through further differentiation.
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