blastula

noun

blas·​tu·​la ˈblas-chə-lə How to pronounce blastula (audio)
plural blastulas or blastulae ˈblas-chə-ˌlē How to pronounce blastula (audio)
: an early metazoan embryo typically having the form of a hollow fluid-filled rounded cavity bounded by a single layer of cells compare gastrula, morula
blastulation noun

Illustration of blastula

Illustration of blastula
  • c blastocoel
  • ma macromere
  • mi micromere
  • a animal pole
  • v vegetal pole

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The new egg cell can be triggered to act as a fertilized egg, producing a blastula whose cells are clones of the donor of the nucleus. David Warmflash, Discover Magazine, 13 Dec. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin (in a German context), from Greek blastós "shoot, bud, embryo" + New Latin -ula (as in gastrula, planula) — more at -blast

Note: Term apparently introduced by the Russian zoologist and embryologist Vladimir Vladimirovič Zalenskij ("W. Salensky," 1847-1918) in "Bemerkungen über Haeckel's Gastraea-Theorie," Archiv für Naturgeschichte, 40. Jahrgang, 1. Band (1874), p. 162.

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blastula was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Blastula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blastula. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

blastula

noun
blas·​tu·​la ˈblas-chə-lə How to pronounce blastula (audio)
plural blastulas
-ləz
or blastulae -ˌlē How to pronounce blastula (audio)
: an early embryo typically having the form of a hollow fluid-filled rounded cavity bounded by a single layer of cells compare gastrula

Medical Definition

blastula

noun
blas·​tu·​la ˈblas-chə-lə How to pronounce blastula (audio)
plural blastulas or blastulae -ˌlē How to pronounce blastula (audio)
: an early metazoan embryo typically having the form of a hollow fluid-filled rounded cavity bounded by a single layer of cells compare gastrula, morula
blastular adjective
blastulation noun

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