Definition of anlage in English:

anlage

Syllabification: an·la·ge
Pronunciation: /ˈänˌlägə
 
/

noun (plural anlagen /-ˌlägən/)

Biology
  • The rudimentary basis of a particular organ or other part, especially in an embryo.
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    • Studies on dechorionated eggs have shown that segmental anlagen are apparent quite early in embryonic development, though of course considerably after the end of the cleavage stage.
    • Isolation of ovarian anlage result in normal follicle-bearing ovarian tissue.
    • The initial anlage of the atherosclerotic plaque seen in adults can be seen as a fatty streak on the surface of the arterial wall during infancy.

Origin

late 19th century: from German, 'foundation, basis'.

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