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[tel-oh-les-uh-thuh l, tee-loh-]
adjective Embryology.
  1. having an accumulation of yolk near the vegetal pole, as the large-yolked eggs or ova of reptiles and birds.
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Origin of telolecithal

1875–80; telo-2 + Greek lékith(os) yolk + -al1
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Historical Examples of telolecithal

  • Ova belonging to the former group are known as telolecithal ova, those to the latter as centrolecithal.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • There is a third group of ova including a series of types of segmentation nearly parallel to the telolecithal group.

  • The Cephalopoda appear to be the only Invertebrates in which the egg is mesoblastic and telolecithal like that of Vertebrata.

telolecithal in Medicine


(tĕl′ə-lĕsə-thəl, tē′lə-)
  1. Having a yolk that is concentrated at one end.
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