from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A membranous sac attached to the embryo and enclosing the yolk in egg-laying vertebrates. In humans and other placental mammals, it functions as the circulatory system for the embryo before internal circulation begins.

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  • noun anatomy A membranous sac attached to an embryo, providing early nourishment in the form of yolk in bony fishes, sharks, reptiles, birds, and primitive mammals.

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  • noun membranous structure that functions as the circulatory system in mammalian embryos until the heart becomes functional
  • noun membranous structure enclosing the yolk of eggs in birds, reptiles, marsupials, and some fishes; circulates nutrients to the developing embryo


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