yolk sacyolk sac
- a saclike vascular membrane containing yolk, an outgrowth from the ventral surface of very yolky vertebrate embryos, as those of fishes, birds, or reptiles, that supplies nourishment to the embryo
- a homologous organ in most mammalian embryos that contains no yolk and that becomes a vestige at an early embryonic stage
A membranous sac attached to the embryo and enclosing the yolk in egg-laying vertebrates. In humans and other placental mammals, it functions as the circulatory system for the embryo before internal circulation begins.