Definition of blastomere in English:

blastomere

noun

Embryology
  • A cell formed by cleavage of a fertilized ovum.

    • ‘A single blastomere is removed from each 8-cell human embryo for the purposes of preimplantation genetic diagnosis.’
    • ‘During cleavage the apoptotic bodies are partitioned to blastomeres.’
    • ‘No one has yet converted a single blastomere from an eight-cell embryo into a stem cell line.’
    • ‘In the first, we injected calcium green into one of the blastomeres in the developing fish.’
    • ‘Another issue raised is that the blastomere and resulting stem cells would not genetically match the patient receiving the cell transplant.’

Pronunciation:

blastomere

/ˈblastə(ʊ)mɪə/