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determinate cleavage


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The pattern of the earliest cleavage that is typical of molluscs and other mosaic embryos in which each blastomere will give rise to specific tissues, in contrast to the situation in so-called regulating embryos such as those of mammals where the early blastomeres remain competent to produce a complete embryo (although this capacity is lost after the first few divisions).

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