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[ey-les-uh-thuh l]
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adjective Embryology.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for alecithal


  1. zoology (of an ovum) having little or no yolk
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Word Origin

from a- 1 + Greek lekithos egg yolk
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alecithal in Medicine


  1. Relating to an egg that has little or no yolk.
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