Meaning of CLEAVAGE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈklē-vij ]


Date: 1816


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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.