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cleav·age

n 1  :  the series of synchronized mitotic cell divisions of the fertilized egg that results in the formation of the blastomeres and changes the single-celled zygote into a multicellular embryo : also  :  one of these cell divisions  2  :  the splitting of a molecule into simpler molecules .
 
 
 
Similar sounding terms:  co·li·phage 

 
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