[ ih-pib-uh-lee ]
/ ɪˈpɪb ə li /

noun, plural e·pib·o·lies. Embryology.

the movement and spreading out of cells into sheets of tissue that overlie or surround other groups of cells, especially as in the formation of certain gastrulas.

Origin of epiboly

1870–75; < Greek epibolḗ a throwing on, equivalent to epi- epi- + bol- (variant stem of bállein to throw) + noun suffix


ep·i·bol·ic [ep-uh-bol-ik] /ˌɛp əˈbɒl ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epiboly

/ (ɪˈpɪbəlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

embryol a process that occurs during gastrulation in vertebrates, in which cells on one side of the blastula grow over and surround the remaining cells and yolk and eventually form the ectoderm

Derived forms of epiboly

epibolic (ˌɛpɪˈbɒlɪk), adjective

Word Origin for epiboly

C19: from Greek epibolē a laying on, from epiballein to throw on, from epi- + ballein to throw
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Medicine definitions for epiboly

[ ĭ-pĭbə-lē ]


The growth of a rapidly dividing group of cells around a more slowly dividing group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula.
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