- the young of a viviparous animal, especially of a mammal, in the early stages of development within the womb, in humans up to the end of the second month.Compare fetus.
- Botany. the rudimentary plant usually contained in the seed.
- any multicellular animal in a developmental stage preceding birth or hatching.
- the beginning or rudimentary stage of anything: He charged that the party policy was socialism in embryo.
Origin of embryo
- a combining form representing embryo in compound words: embryology.
Examples from the Web for embryo
It is this uncertainty that drives many religious objectors: they protest if there is any chance an embryo could be harmed.Why Can’t the FDA Fix Outdated Birth Control Labels?
March 22, 2014
The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance role was in the embryo stage.America Doesn’t Need a Big Army Any More
March 10, 2014
Doctors bypass the tubes and place the embryo right in the womb.IVF for Just $300 Could Be a Reality Soon
Randi Hutter Epstein
August 31, 2013
Like the Mississippi amendment, the Oklahoma law defines an embryo as a legal person.Is Contraceptive Debate GOP’s New ‘Terri Schiavo Moment’?
February 17, 2012
In Germany, for instance, you create one embryo and you implant that embryo.Will Mississippi Ban IVF?
October 25, 2011
The embryo has the form of a spatula with the head at one end and the tail at the other.
The embryo is then ready to separate from the maternal body (Fig. 22).
It is, therefore, arbitrary not to recognize the right of the embryo to live.
This embryo, as it is called, then passes into other conditions.The Present Condition of Organic Nature
Thomas H. Huxley
From what we see of the Kaipara towns, they are very much in embryo as yet.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- an animal in the early stages of development following cleavage of the zygote and ending at birth or hatching
- the human product of conception up to approximately the end of the second month of pregnancyCompare fetus
- a plant in the early stages of development: in higher plants, the plumule, cotyledons, and radicle within the seed
- an undeveloped or rudimentary state (esp in the phrase in embryo)
- something in an early stage of developmentan embryo of an idea
Word Origin and History for embryo
mid-14c., from Medieval Latin embryo, from Greek embryon "a young one," in Homer, "young animal," later, "fruit of the womb," literally "that which grows," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + bryein "to swell, be full."
- An organism in its early stages of development, especially before it has reached a distinctively recognizable form.
- An organism at any time before full development, birth, or hatching.
- The fertilized egg of a vertebrate animal following cleavage.
- In humans, the prefetal product of conception from implantation through the eighth week of development.
- An animal in its earliest stage of development, before all the major body structures are represented. In humans, the embryonic stage lasts through the first eight weeks of pregnancy. In humans, other placental mammals, and other viviparous animals, young born as embryos cannot thrive. In marsupials, the young are born during the embryonic stage and complete their development outside the uterus, attached to a teat within the mother's pouch.
- The developing young of an egg-laying animal before hatching.
- The sporophyte of a plant in its earliest stages of development, such as the miniature, partially developed plant contained within a seed before germination.