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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

Braus138 has proved this by transplanting the anlage of a foreleg to different parts of the body.
The Organism as a Whole Jacques Loeb

According to the author, anlage may be variously rendered as rudiment, inception or primordium.
The Popular Science Monthly, July, 1900 Various

By virtue of this difference the egg-substance is characterized as the anlage, or germ of the mature organism.
A Mechanico-Physiological Theory of Organic Evolution Carl Von Ngeli

Hatchlings flex the plastron chiefly in the region of the humeropectoral seam, rather than at the anlage of the transverse hinge.
Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz John M. Legler

The respiratory system is represented by the anlage of the lungs, a longitudinal protrusion of the ventral wall of the esophagus.
The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation Austin O’Malley

A leaf may be formed out of the anlage of a scale, if all the leaves are cut off, and so on.
The Science and Philosophy of the Organism Hans Driesch

As this groove is followed caudad its ventral wall is seen to become much thickened, tg, to form the anlage of the thyroid gland.
Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator Albert M. Reese

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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