indeterminate cleavage


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in·de·ter·mi·nate cleav·age

cleavage resulting in blastomeres of similar developmental potencies, each capable, when isolated, of producing an entire embryonic body.

indeterminate cleavage

[in′ditur′minit]
Etymology: L, in, not, determinare, to fix limits; AS, cleofan, to split
mitotic division of the fertilized ovum into blastomeres that have similar developmental potential and, if isolated, can each give rise to a complete individual embryo. Also called regulative cleavage. Compare determinate cleavage. See also regulative development.