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noun, plural em·bo·lies. Embryology.
  1. the pushing or growth of one part into another, as in the formation of certain gastrulas.

Origin of emboly

1875–80; < Greek embolḗ a putting into place, akin to embállein to throw in
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British Dictionary definitions for emboly


noun plural -lies
  1. another name for invagination (def. 3)

Word Origin

C19: from Greek embolē an insertion, from emballein to throw in; see emblem
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emboly in Medicine


  1. The formation of a gastrula from a blastula by invagination.
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