In*vag`i*na"tion(?), n. [L. pref. in- + vagina sheath.]
(Biol.) The condition of an invaginated organ or part.
2. The inward movement of the wall of a tissue or cell, to form a cavity; also, the cavity thus formed.
(Biol., Embryology) The inward movement of one part of the wall of a blastula, to form a gastrula; the process of gastrulation, in which layers of the ovum are differentiated.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
In embolic invagination, one half of the blastosphere is pushed in towards the other half, producing an embryonic form known as a gastrula. -- In epibolic invagination, a phenomenon in the development of some invertebrate ova, the epiblast appears to grow over or around the hypoblast.
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