blastula

noun blas·tu·la \ ˈblas-chə-lə \

Definition of blastula

plural blastulas or blastulae play \-ˌlē\
: 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

play \ˌblas-chə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of blastula

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.


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blastula

noun blas·tu·la \ ˈblas-chə-lə \

medical Definition of blastula

plural -las or blastulae play \-ˌlē\
: 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

play \-lər\ adjective

blastulation

play \ˌblas-chə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

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