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animal pole

noun, Biology.
the formative part of an ovum, having the greatest amount of cytoplasm and containing the nucleus.
Compare vegetal pole.
Origin of animal pole
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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animal-pole in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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