cleavage
The early divisions of the fertilized egg to form blastomeres. The cleavage pattern is radial in some phyla, spiral in others.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • Cleavage — Cleav age, n. 1. The act of cleaving or splitting. [1913 Webster] 2. (Crystallog.) The quality possessed by many crystallized substances of splitting readily in one or more definite directions, in which the cohesive attraction is a minimum,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cleavage — may refer to: Cleavage (breasts), partial exposure of the separation between a woman s breasts. Cleavage enhancement, methods of making a person s breast cleavage look more substantial than it really is. Buttock cleavage, minor exposure of the… …   Wikipedia

  • cleavage — cleavage. См. дробление. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Cleavage — Cleavage. См. Расщепление. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • cleavage — index coherence, disaccord, division (act of dividing), estrangement, separation, severance, split Burton s Legal Thesaurus. Wil …   Law dictionary

  • cleavage — 1816, in geology, action of splitting (rocks or gems) along natural fissures, from CLEAVE (Cf. cleave) (1) + AGE (Cf. age). General meaning action or state of cleaving or being cleft is from 1867. The sense of cleft between a woman s breasts in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cleavage — [n] gap break, chasm, cleft, discontinuity, divide, division, fracture, hole, rift, schism, separation, severance, split, valley; concept 513 …   New thesaurus

  • cleavage — ► NOUN 1) a sharp division; a split. 2) the cleft between a woman s breasts. 3) Biology cell division, especially of a fertilized egg cell. 4) the splitting of rocks or crystals in a preferred plane or direction …   English terms dictionary

  • cleavage — [klēv′ij] n. 1. a cleaving, splitting, or dividing 2. the manner in which a thing splits 3. a cleft; fissure; division 4. the hollow between a woman s breasts, as made visible by a low cut neckline 5. Biol. a) cell division, esp. the series of… …   English World dictionary

  • cleavage — 1. (cleavage) (4355↑, 594↓) the visible gap between a woman s breasts. Zero gap preferred, 1/2 is interesting, 3 is boring, 5 is too much. I like to casually look down the front of Jessica s blouse to view her cleavage Author: Jake… …   Urban English dictionary

  • cleavage — /klee vij/, n. 1. the act of cleaving or splitting. 2. the state of being cleft. 3. the area between a woman s breasts, esp. when revealed by a low cut neckline. 4. a critical division in opinion, beliefs, interests, etc., as leading to… …   Universalium

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