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meroblastic

[ mer-uh-blas-tik ]

adjective

, Embryology.
  1. (of certain eggs) undergoing partial cleavage, resulting in unequal blastomeres.


meroblastic

/ ˌmɛrəʊˈblæstɪk /

adjective

  1. embryol of or showing cleavage of only the non-yolky part of the zygote, as in birds' eggs Compare holoblastic


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Derived Forms

  • ˌmeroˈblastically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • mero·blasti·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of meroblastic1

First recorded in 1865–70; mero- + -blast + -ic

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Example Sentences

That the facts of development of the meroblastic eggs of vertebrates, are not in accordance with the views here advanced.

In these instances there is no commencement of an ingrowth in the manner supposed for meroblastic ova.

The segmentation is meroblastic, and similar to that in Birds.

This material forms a disc equivalent to the germinal disc of meroblastic vertebrate ova.

Oviparous, with a large-yolked and meroblastic ovum, enclosed within a follicle of two rows of cells.

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