Meaning of CLEAVAGE in English


Pronunciation: ' kl ē -vij

Function: noun

Date: 1816

1 a : the quality of a crystallized substance or rock of splitting along definite planes also : the occurrence of such splitting b : a fragment (as of a diamond) obtained by splitting

2 : the action of cleaving : the state of being cleft

3 : the series of synchronized mitotic cell divisions of a 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

4 : the splitting of a molecule into simpler molecules

5 : the depression between a woman's breasts especially when made visible by a low-cut neckline

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.