[ 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

Other words from embryology

  • em·bry·o·log·i·cal [em-bree-uh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌɛm bri əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, em·bry·o·log·ic, adjective
  • em·bry·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby embryology

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How to use embryology in a sentence

  • Harvey, who was a pupil of Fabricius, likewise published an account of the embryology of the chick.

    Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

British Dictionary definitions for embryology


/ (ˌɛmbrɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

  1. the branch of science concerned with the study of embryos

  2. the structure and development of the embryo of a particular organism

Derived forms of embryology

  • embryological (ˌɛmbrɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or embryologic, adjective
  • embryologically, adverb
  • embryologist, noun

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Scientific definitions for embryology


[ ĕm′brē-ŏlə-jē ]

  1. The scientific study of embryos and their development.

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Cultural definitions for embryology


[ (em-bree-ol-uh-jee) ]

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

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