nounpl. -·gen or -·ges
- the basis of a later development; foundation
Origin of anlageGer, foundation from anlegen, lay out
nounpl. an·la·ges, or an·la·gen also An·la·ges or An·la·gen
- Biology The initial clustering of embryonic cells from which a part or an organ develops; primordium.
- A genetic predisposition to a given trait or personality characteristic.
- A fundamental principle; the foundation for a future development.
Origin of anlageGerman fundamental principle from Middle High German anlāge request ane- on ( from Old High German ana- ; see an- in Indo-European roots.) lāge act of laying ( from Old High German lāga ; see legh- in Indo-European roots.)