pl. -·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 anlage, request : ane-, on (from Old High German ana-; see an- in Indo-European roots) + lage, act of laying (from Old High German laga; see legh- in Indo-European roots).