pole cell

noun

Definition of pole cell

: a cleavage cell of the embryo of various insects and some other invertebrates regularly undergoing early chromatin diminution in somatic cells that retains the full chromatin complement and ultimately gives rise to the germ cells : one that enters the posterior extremity of the egg

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pole entry 4 + cell

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“Pole cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pole%20cell. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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