Primitive Streak

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primitive streak

[′prim·əd·iv ′strēk]
(embryology)
A dense, opaque band of ectoderm in the bilaminar blastoderm associated with the morphogenetic movements and proliferation of the mesoderm and notochord; indicates the first trace of the vertebrate embryo.

Primitive Streak

 

a longitudinal thickening of the outer layer of the embryonic disk, or blastodisk, in the embryos of birds, mammals, and humans; it is formed during the process of gastrulation. Mesodermal cells migrate from the primitive streak to the area between the ectoderm and endoderm. These cells later form the somites and lateral plates. In the anterior end of the primitive streak, the cell accumulation known as Hensen’s node develops. This cellular material becomes the notochord.