neurula

noun
neu·ru·la | \ˈnu̇r-ə-lə, ˈnyu̇r-, -yə-lə \
plural neurulae\ˈnu̇r-ə-ˌlē, ˈnyu̇r-, -yə-lə \ or neurulas

Definition of neurula 

: an early vertebrate embryo which follows the gastrula and in which nervous tissue begins to differentiate and the basic pattern of the vertebrate begins to emerge

Other Words from neurula

neurulation \ˌnu̇r-ə-ˈlā-shən, ˌnyu̇r-, -yə- \ noun

First Known Use of neurula

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurula

borrowed from New Latin (in a French context), "cluster of embryonic cells in marine gastropods that develop into the nervous system and eyes," from Greek neûron "sinew, tendon, nerve" + New Latin -ula (in gastrula gastrula) — more at nerve entry 1

Note: Term apparently introduced by the Swiss embryologist Hermann Fol (1845-92) in "Sur le dèveloppement des hétéropodes," Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des Sciences, tome 81 (juillet-décembre 1875), pp. 472-74. In reference to vertebrate embryology the word was employed later by the German embryologist August Rauber (1841-1917) in Primitivstreifen und Neurula der Wirbelthieren, in normaler und pathologischer Beziehung (Leipzig, 1877).

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neurula

noun
neu·ru·la | \ˈn(y)u̇r-(y)ə-lə \
plural neurulae\-ˌlē \ or neurulas

Medical Definition of neurula 

: an early vertebrate embryo which follows the gastrula and in which nervous tissue begins to differentiate and the basic pattern of the vertebrate begins to emerge

Other Words from neurula

neurular \-lər \ adjective
neurulation \ˌn(y)u̇r-(y)ə-ˈlā-shən \ noun

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