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.
Origin of embryology
First recorded in 1840–50; embryo-
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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Examples from the Web for embryology
Morphology falls naturally into two divisions—comparative anatomy and embryology.
Wishing to base his doctrine on a sound foundation, Lombroso begins with what may be termed the embryology of crime.
Yet we are utterly ignorant of their embryology: the true science of Origins is as yet scarcely in its cradle.
There is still another important line of evidence which we cannot afford to overlook; I mean the argument from embryology.
British Dictionary definitions for embryology
Derived Formsembryological (ˌɛmbrɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or embryologic, adjectiveembryologically, adverbembryologist, noun
the branch of science concerned with the study of embryos
the structure and development of the embryo of a particular organism
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Word Origin and History for embryologyn.
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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