dorsal lip

dorsal lip

noun Embryology.
the dorsal marginal region of the blastopore, which acts as a center of differentiation: as cells move through this region to the interior of the embryo during gastrulation, they acquire the ability to induce the overlying ectoderm to develop into a variety of tissues.

Origin:
1935–40

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