Blastocyst

 

Definition:

 http://www.healthofchildren.com/P/Prenatal-Development.html

It states:

The zygote soon begins to divide rapidly in a process called cleavage, first into two identical cells called blastomeres, which further divide to four cells, then into eight, and so on. The group of diving cells begins to move along the fallopian tube toward the uterus. About sixty hours after fertilization, approximately sixteen cells have formed to what is called a morula, still enclosed by the zona pellucida; three days after fertilization, the morula enters the uterus. As cell division continues, a fluid-filled cavity called a blastocoele forms in the center of the group of cells, with the outer shell of cells called trophoblasts and an inner mass of cells called embryoblasts. The zona pellucida disappears and the morula becomes a blastocyst. At this stage the blastocyst consists of 200 to 300 cells and is ready for implantation.

 

From the “About: Pregnancy” site:

http://pregnancy.about.com/od/fetus/ig/Weekly-Pregnancy-Pictures/Blastocyst---Pregnancy-Week-3.htm

 

The term blastocyst is a medical term used to describe a human embryo who is four to six days old. http://www.lifeissues.org/connector/05july.htm 

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