germinal stage

germinal stage

(in embryology) the interval of time from fertilization to implantation during which the ovum undergoes cell division several times, travels to the uterus, and, in the form of a blastocyst, begins to implant itself in the endometrium. The germinal stage is over at about 10 days of gestation.

ger·mi·nal stage

(jĕr'mi-năl stāj)
A period of development beginning at conception and lasting through the first 8 weeks, characterized by rapid cell division; implantation occurs; the placenta and body systems form.
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Even though the sector is at a germinal stage, the will is there.
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