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morula

[ mawr-oo-luh, -yoo- ]
/ ˈmɔr ʊ lə, -yʊ- /
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noun, plural mor·u·las, mor·u·lae [mawr-oo-lee, -yoo-]. /ˈmɔr ʊˌli, -yʊ-/. Embryology.
the mass of cells resulting from the cleavage of the ovum before the formation of a blastula.

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Origin of morula

1855–60; <New Latin, equivalent to Latin mōr(um) mulberry + -ula-ule

OTHER WORDS FROM morula

mor·u·lar, adjectivepre·mor·u·lar, adjectivepseu·do·mor·u·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for morula

morula
/ (ˈmɒrjʊlə) /

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
embryol a solid ball of cells resulting from cleavage of a fertilized ovum

Derived forms of morula

morular, adjective

Word Origin for morula

C19: via New Latin, diminutive of Latin morum mulberry, from Greek moron
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Medical definitions for morula

morula
[ môryə-lə, môrə- ]

n. pl. mor•u•lae (-lē′)
The spherical embryonic mass of blastomeres formed before the blastula and resulting from cleavage of the fertilized ovum.

Other words from morula

moru•lar adj.mor′u•lation (-lāshən) n.
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Scientific definitions for morula

morula
[ môryə-lə ]

Plural morulae (môryə-lē′)
The spherical embryonic mass of blastomeres that results from cleavage of the fertilized ovum and develops into the blastula.
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