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yolk

 [yōk]
the stored nutrient of the ovum.
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yolk

(yōk, yōlk),
1. One of the types of nutritive material stored in the oocyte (ovum) for the nutrition of the embryo; yolk is particularly abundant and conspicuous in the eggs of birds. Synonym(s): vitellus
2. Fatty material found in the wool of sheep; when extracted and purified, it becomes lanolin.
[A.S. geolca; geolu, yellow]
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yolk

(yōk)
n.
1.
a. The portion of the egg of egg-laying vertebrates, such as reptiles and birds, and of certain invertebrates that consists chiefly of protein and fat and serves as the primary source of nourishment for the early embryo.
b. This portion of the egg of a bird, especially a chicken, which is large, yellow, and surrounded by albumen.
2. A greasy substance found in unprocessed sheep's wool, which is refined to make lanolin.

yolk′y adj.
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yolk

(yōk)
1. One of the types of nutritive material stored in the oocyte for the nutrition of the embryo; particularly abundant and conspicuous in the eggs of birds.
Synonym(s): vitellus.
2. Fatty material found in the wool of sheep; when extracted and purified, it becomes lanolin.
[A.S. geolca;geolu, yellow]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

yolk

the food store in the eggs of the majority of animals, made up mainly of fat and protein granules. It must contain all the essential ingredients for the entire development of the embryo. Where yolk is present in the egg, as in chickens, there is meroblastic CLEAVAGE, but where it is absent, or nearly so, cleavage is holoblastic, as in Amphioxus. Yolk is almost absent from mammal eggs, since food is provided directly from the mother, via the PLACENTA.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

yolk

(yōk)
One of the types of nutritive material stored in the oocyte (ovum) for the nutrition of the embryo; particularly abundant and conspicuous in birds' eggs.
[A.S. geolca;geolu, yellow]
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