zona pellucida

[ zoh-nuh puh-loo-si-duh, pel-yoo- ]
/ ˈzoʊ nə pəˈlu sɪ də, pɛlˈyu- /

noun, plural zo·nae pel·lu·ci·dae [zoh-nee puh-loo-si-dee, pel-yoo-] /ˈzoʊ ni pəˈlu sɪˌdi, pɛlˈyu-/. Anatomy.

the transparent, noncellular layer surrounding the ovum of mammals, often having radial striations.

Nearby words

  1. zona,
  2. zona fasciculata,
  3. zona glomerulosa,
  4. zona hemorrhoidalis,
  5. zona ophthalmica,
  6. zona reticularis,
  7. zona tecta,
  8. zonal,
  9. zonal geranium,
  10. zonal necrosis

Origin of zona pellucida

From New Latin, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at zone, pellucid

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Medicine definitions for zona pellucida

zona pellucida

[ pə-lōōsĭ-də ]

n.

The thick solid transparent outer membrane of a developed mammalian ovum.oolemma

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