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[em-bree-ol-uh-jee] /ˌɛm briˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural embryologies.
the science dealing with the formation, development, structure, and functional activities of embryos.
the origin, growth, and development of an embryo:
the embryology of the chick.
Origin of embryology
First recorded in 1840-50; embryo- + -logy
Related forms
[em-bree-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɛm bri əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
embryologic, adjective
embryologically, adverb Unabridged
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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.


    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


the branch of science concerned with the study of embryos
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

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)

  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
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.

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