[ ahn-lah-guh ]
/ ˈɑn lɑ gə /
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noun, plural an·la·gen [ahn-lah-guhn], /ˈɑn lɑ gən/, an·la·ges.(sometimes initial capital letter)

Embryology. an embryonic area capable of forming a structure: the primordium, germ, or bud.
Psychology. an inherited predisposition to certain traits or to a particular character development.



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Origin of anlage

1890–95; <German Anlage foundation, basis, as noun derivative of anlegen to lay on or out, apply, equivalent to an-on + legen to lay1
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British Dictionary definitions for anlage

/ (ˈænˌlɑːɡə) /

noun plural -gen (-ɡən) or -ges

another word for primordium
German: predisposition, layout
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Medical definitions for anlage


n. pl. an•la•ges

The initial clustering of embryonic cells from which a part or an organ develops; primordium.
A genetic predisposition to a given trait or personality characteristic.
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