alecithal

[ ey-les-uh-thuh l ]
/ eɪˈlɛs ə θəl /

adjective Embryology.

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

Nearby words

  1. alea,
  2. aleardi,
  3. aleatory,
  4. alebion,
  5. alec,
  6. aleck,
  7. alecost,
  8. alecto,
  9. alectryomachy,
  10. alectryomancy

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

Origin of alecithal

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

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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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Medicine definitions for alecithal

alecithal

[ ă-lĕsə-thəl ]

adj.

Relating to an egg that has little or no yolk.

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