epiblast

[ep-uh-blast]
noun Embryology.
  1. the primordial outer layer of a young embryo before the segregation of the germ layers, capable of becoming the ectoderm and containing cells capable of becoming the mesoderm and endoderm.

Origin of epiblast

First recorded in 1865–70; epi- + -blast
Related formsep·i·blas·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epiblast

epiblast

noun
  1. embryol the outermost layer of an embryo, which becomes the ectoderm at gastrulationAlso called: ectoblast
Derived Formsepiblastic, adjective
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epiblast in Medicine

epiblast

[ĕpə-blăst′]
n.
  1. The outer layer of a blastula that gives rise to the ectoderm after gastrulation.
Related formsep′i•blastic adj.
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