Definition of alecithal in English:

alecithal

adjective

Embryology
  • Of an ovum: containing no yolk or little yolk; = microlecithal.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Francis Maitland Balfour (1851–1882), comparative embryologist and morphologist. From a- + ancient Greek λέκιθος yolk + -al.

Pronunciation

alecithal

/əˈlɛsɪθl/