[vi-tel-in, -een, vahy-]


of or relating to the egg yolk.
having a yellow color resembling that of an egg yolk.

Nearby words

  1. vitascopic,
  2. vite,
  3. vitebsk,
  4. vitelliform degeneration,
  5. vitellin,
  6. vitelline membrane,
  7. vitelline pole,
  8. vitelline vessel,
  9. vitellogenesis,
  10. vitellogenic

Origin of vitelline

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word vitellīnus. See vitellus, -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vitelline


adjective zoology

of or relating to the yolk of an eggthe vitelline gland
having the yellow colour of an egg yolk

Word Origin for vitelline

C15: from Medieval Latin vitellīnus, from Latin vitellus the yolk of an egg; see vitellus

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Medicine definitions for vitelline


[vĭ-tĕlĭn, -ēn′, vī-]


Of, relating to, or associated with the yolk of an egg.


The yolk of an egg.

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