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

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. 2018

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noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. 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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morula in Medicine


[môryə-lə, môrə-]
n. pl. mor•u•lae (-lē′)
  1. 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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morula in Science


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