Definition of telolecithal in English:

telolecithal

Line breaks: telo|leci¦thal
Pronunciation: /ˌtiːlə(ʊ)ˈlɛsɪθ(ə)l
 
, ˌtɛl-/

adjective

Zoology
(Of an egg or egg cell) having a large yolk situated at or near one end.
More example sentences
  • Maternal and paternal brooding roles are reversed in these groups, with females producing large telolecithal eggs that are fertilized as they are deposited into the male brood pouch.
  • Mammals have very little yolk but have evolved from reptiles with telolecithal eggs and, thus, they retain features to cope with the problem of a large inert yolk mass.
  • Teleost eggs are telolecithal, with the yolk segregated from the active cytoplasm.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek telos 'end' + lekithos 'egg yolk' + -al.

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