Imaginal disks


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(Zool.) masses of hypodermic cells, carried by the larvæ of some insects after leaving the egg, from which masses the wings and legs of the adult are subsequently formed.

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Gehring's group added to fruit flies copies of the vertebrate genes that had been engineered to become active in imaginal disks, embryonic tissues that give rise to adult insect structures like wings and legs.
Just before an insect larva changes into a flying adult, it develops white globs of cells called imaginal disks that later become its wings, explains Sean B.