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anlage

[ahn-lah-guh] /ˈɑn lɑ gə/
noun, plural anlagen
[ahn-lah-guh n] /ˈɑn lɑ gən/ (Show IPA),
anlages. (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
Embryology. an embryonic area capable of forming a structure: the primordium, germ, or bud.
2.
Psychology. an inherited predisposition to certain traits or to a particular character development.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < German Anlage foundation, basis, as noun derivative of anlegen to lay on or out, apply, equivalent to an- on + legen to lay1
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anlage

/ˈænˌlɑːɡə/
noun (pl) -gen (-ɡən), -ges
1.
another word for primordium
Word Origin
German: predisposition, layout
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Word Origin and History for anlage
anlage
"basis of a later development," pl. anlagen, from Ger. anlage "foundation, basis," from anlagen (v.) "to establish," from an "on" + legen "to lay."
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anlage in Medicine

anlage an·la·ge or An·la·ge (än'lä-gə)
n. pl. an·la·ges or an·la·gen (-gən)

  1. The initial clustering of embryonic cells from which a part or an organ develops; primordium.

  2. A genetic predisposition to a given trait or personality characteristic.

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