- (of certain eggs) undergoing total cleavage, resulting in equal blastomeres.
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Holoblastic, hol-o-blas′tik, adj. undergoing segmentation throughout the entire mass, as the ova of mammals.
- embryol of or showing cleavage of the entire zygote into blastomeres, as in eggs with little yolkCompare meroblastic
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- Exhibiting cleavage in which the entire egg separates into individual blastomeres.
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