primitive streak

noun

Definition of primitive streak

: an elongated band of cells that forms along the axis of a developing fertilized egg early in gastrulation and that is considered a forerunner of the neural tube and nervous system

Examples of primitive streak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that transition, the embryo forms a furrow called the primitive streak and folds inward on itself while cells mature into different lineages that will later give rise to all the organs and tissues of the body. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Elusive master organizer of human embryo growth seen for the first time," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of primitive streak

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primitive streak

translation of German Primitivstreifen

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27 Apr 2020

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“Primitive streak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primitive%20streak. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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primitive streak

noun

Medical Definition of primitive streak

: an elongated band of cells that forms along the axis of an embryo early in gastrulation by the movement of lateral cells toward the axis and that develops a groove along its midline through which cells move to the interior of the embryo to form the mesoderm

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