noun, plural em·bry·ol·o·gies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. embryogenesis,
  2. embryogeny,
  3. embryol.,
  4. embryological,
  5. embryologist,
  6. embryoma,
  7. embryoma of kidney,
  8. embryonal carcinoma,
  9. embryonal carcinosarcoma,
  10. embryonal leukemia

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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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 Formsembryological (ˌɛmbrɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or embryologic, adjectiveembryologically, adverbembryologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for embryology



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

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Medicine definitions for embryology




The branch of biology that deals with the formation, early growth, and development of living organisms.
The embryonic structure or development of an organism.

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Science definitions for embryology



The scientific study of embryos and their development.
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Culture definitions for embryology



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

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