Definition of anlage in English:

anlage

Line breaks: an¦lage
Pronunciation: /ˈanlɑːɡə
 
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noun (plural anlagen /-ɡ(ə)n/ /ˈanleɪdʒɪz/)

Biology
The rudimentary basis of a particular organ or other part, especially in an embryo.
More example sentences
  • 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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