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embryology

[em-bree-ol-uh-jee]
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noun, plural em·bry·ol·o·gies.
  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

First recorded in 1840–50; embryo- + -logy
Related formsem·bry·o·log·i·cal [em-bree-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɛm bri əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, em·bry·o·log·ic, adjectiveem·bry·o·log·i·cal·ly, 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


British Dictionary definitions for embryology

embryology

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 Formsembryological (ˌɛmbrɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or embryologic, adjectiveembryologically, adverbembryologist, 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

embryology in Medicine

embryology

(ĕm′brē-ŏlə-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.
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embryology in Science

embryology

[ĕm′brē-ŏlə-jē]
  1. The scientific study of embryos and their development.
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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.

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