[ mawr-oo-luh, -yoo- ]
/ ˈmɔr ʊ lə, -yʊ- /

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.

Nearby words

  1. morton, jelly roll,
  2. morton, levi parsons,
  3. morton, william thomas green,
  4. mortsafe,
  5. mortuary,
  6. morulavirus,
  7. morus,
  8. morvan's disease,
  9. morwong,
  10. moryah

Origin of morula

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

Related formsmor·u·lar, adjectivepre·mor·u·lar, adjectivepseu·do·mor·u·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morula


/ (ˈmɒrjʊlə) /

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

embryol a solid ball of cells resulting from cleavage of a fertilized ovum
Derived Formsmorular, adjective

Word Origin for morula

C19: via New Latin, diminutive of Latin morum mulberry, from Greek moron

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Medicine definitions for 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.
Related formsmoru•lar adj.mor′u•lation (-lāshən) n.

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Science definitions for 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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