Embryology. an embryonic area capable of forming a structure: the primordium, germ, or bud.
Psychology. an inherited predisposition to certain traits or to a particular character development.
Historical Examples

There are pleasant walks by the Rhine, beautiful anlagen, a picturesque old tower, and the site of Gutenberg’s house to see.
A War-time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes Harriet Julia Jephson

noun (pl) -gen (-ɡən), -ges
another word for primordium

“basis of a later development” (plural anlagen), 1892, from German anlage “foundation, basis,” from anlagen (v.) “to establish,” from an “on” + legen “to lay” (see lay (v.)).

anlage an·la·ge or An·la·ge (än’lä-gə)
n. pl. an·la·ges or an·la·gen (-gən)

The initial clustering of embryonic cells from which a part or an organ develops; primordium.

A genetic predisposition to a given trait or personality characteristic.


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