noun, plural em·bry·os.
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Origin of embryo
Definition for embryo (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE EMBRYO-
What does embryo- mean?
Embryo- ultimately comes from the Greek émbryos, meaning “ingrowing.”
What are variants of embryo-?
Examples of embryo-
One example of a medical term that features the form embryo- is embryology, “the science dealing with the formation, development, structure, and functional activities of embryos.”
The first part of the word, embryo-, is clear: it means “embryo.” The second part of the word, -logy, is a combining form used to name the sciences or bodies of knowledge. Embryology literally translates to “the study of embryos.”
What are some words that use the combining form embryo-?
What are some other forms that embryo- may be commonly confused with?
British Dictionary definitions for embryo
noun plural -bryos
Derived forms of embryoembryoid, adjective
Word Origin for embryo
Medical definitions for embryo (1 of 2)
n. pl. em•bry•os
Medical definitions for embryo (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for embryo
Other words from embryoembryonic adjective (ĕm′brē-ŏn′ĭk)
Cultural definitions for embryo
A developing plant or animal. A plant embryo is an undeveloped plant inside a seed. An animal embryo is the animal as it develops from the single cell of the zygote until birth. Among humans and most other mammals, the embryo is carried in the mother's womb.