animal pole

animal pole

noun Biology.
the formative part of an ovum, having the greatest amount of cytoplasm and containing the nucleus.
Compare vegetal pole.


Origin:
1885–90

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animal pole n.
The nuclear site in an ovum and the point from which polar bodies are extruded during maturation. Also called germinal pole.

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