alecithal

[ ey-les-uh-thuh l ]
/ eɪˈlɛs ə θəl /

adjective Embryology.

having little or no yolk in the cytoplasm of the egg or ovum.

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Also a·le·cith·ic [ey-luh-sith-ik] /ˌeɪ ləˈsɪθ ɪk/.

Origin of alecithal

1875–80; a-6 + Greek lékith(os) yolk + -al1

Words nearby alecithal

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British Dictionary definitions for alecithal

alecithal
/ (eɪˈlɛsɪθəl) /

adjective

zoology (of an ovum) having little or no yolk

Word Origin for alecithal

from a- 1 + Greek lekithos egg yolk
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Medical definitions for alecithal

alecithal
[ ă-lĕsə-thəl ]

adj.

Relating to an egg that has little or no yolk.
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