anlage

noun

an·​la·​ge ˈän-ˌlä-gə How to pronounce anlage (audio)
plural anlagen ˈän-ˌlä-gən How to pronounce anlage (audio) also anlages ˈän-ˌlä-gəz How to pronounce anlage (audio)
: the foundation of a subsequent development
especially : primordium

Word History

Etymology

German, literally, act of laying on

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anlage was in 1874

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“Anlage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anlage. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

anlage

noun

an·​la·​ge ˈän-ˌläg-ə How to pronounce anlage (audio)
plural anlagen -ən How to pronounce anlage (audio) also anlages -əz How to pronounce anlage (audio)
: the foundation of a subsequent development
especially : primordium
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