neural crest

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neural crest (plural neural crests)

  1. (embryology) A strip of ectodermal material in the early vertebrate embryo inserted between the prospective neural plate and the epidermis.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 167:
      All of these features are under the control of a particular set of cells in the embryo called the neural crest, from which a particular part of the brain, the amygdala, derives.

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