genital primordium


genital primordium
In embryology, the originating cells leading to the development of the reproductive system.

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  • gonadal ridge — an elevation of thickened mesothelium and underlying mesenchyme on the ventromedial border of the embryonic mesonephros; the primordial germ cells become embedded in it, establishing it as the primordium of the ovary or testis. Called also… …   Medical dictionary


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