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variant of embryo- before a vowel.
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WORDS THAT USE EMBRY-

What does embry- mean?

Embry- is a combining form used like a prefix representing the word embryo. It is used in some scientific terms, especially in anatomy and biology.

Embry- ultimately comes from the Greek émbryos, meaning “ingrowing.”

Embry- is a variant of embryo-, which loses its -o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels.

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Examples of embry-

One example of a medical term that features embry- is embryectomy, meaning “removal of an embryo.”

The first part of the word, embry-, means “embryo,” as we have seen. The second part of the word, -ectomy, means “excision, removal.” Embryectomy literally translates to “embryo removal.”

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The suffix -oma is used to name tumors. In what type of tissue does a type of tumor known as an embryoma develop?

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