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- + -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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Examples from the Web for embryology

Historical Examples of embryology

  • We cannot pursue the mind into embryology: we can only trace how, after birth, it begins to grow.

  • See further the same author's article "Embryology" in the Ency.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • This comparison I have been able to make from a study of the embryology of Isotoma.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • Is there any fallacy in speaking of the Embryology of the New Life?

  • But that belongs to the domain of Embryology, which is a separate science.


    William J. Robinson

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

embryology in Medicine




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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embryology in Science



The scientific study of embryos and their development.
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embryology in Culture



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

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