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embryology

[em-bree-ol-uh-jee] /ˌɛm briˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural embryologies.
1.
the science dealing with the formation, development, structure, and functional activities of embryos.
2.
the origin, growth, and development of an embryo:
the embryology of the chick.
Origin of embryology
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; embryo- + -logy
Related forms
embryological
[em-bree-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɛm bri əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
embryologic, adjective
embryologically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for embryology
Historical Examples
  • We cannot pursue the mind into embryology: we can only trace how, after birth, it begins to grow.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • See further the same author's article "embryology" in the Ency.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • This comparison I have been able to make from a study of the embryology of Isotoma.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • Is there any fallacy in speaking of the embryology of the New Life?

  • But that belongs to the domain of embryology, which is a separate science.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • He is not only a master of zoology, but has a good command of botany and embryology.

  • The same holds good with the evidence from embryology and from Palontology.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Until then embryology had been regarded as a purely descriptive science.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • The embryology of Blatta germanica and Doryphora decimlineata.

  • The whole of embryology, in every department, is made up of examples of the same law.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
British Dictionary definitions for embryology

embryology

/ˌɛmbrɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of science concerned with the study of embryos
2.
the structure and development of the embryo of a particular organism
Derived Forms
embryological (ˌɛmbrɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), embryologic, adjective
embryologically, adverb
embryologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for embryology
n.

1859, from embryon (see embryo) + -logy. Related: Embryologist (c.1850).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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embryology in Medicine

embryology em·bry·ol·o·gy (ěm'brē-ŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The branch of biology that deals with the formation, early growth, and development of living organisms.

  2. The embryonic structure or development of an organism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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embryology in Science
embryology
  (ěm'brē-ŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of embryos and their development.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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embryology in Culture
embryology [(em-bree-ol-uh-jee)]

The study of the embryo; a major field of research in modern biology.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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