pertaining to or in the state of an embryo.
rudimentary; undeveloped.

Also em·bry·o·nal [em-bree-uh-nl, em-bree-ohn-l] /ˈɛm bri ə nl, ˌɛm briˈoʊn l/.

Origin of embryonic

1840–50; embryon- (see embryo) + -ic
Related formsem·bry·on·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·em·bry·o·nal, adjectivenon·em·bry·on·ic, adjectivenon·em·bry·on·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·em·bry·on·ic, adjectiveun·em·bry·o·nal, adjectiveun·em·bry·on·ic, adjective

Synonyms for embryonic

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Historical Examples of embryonically

  • Then comes the sixth class, still partly identified with the Left of the fourth and embryonically attached to the fifth.

    The New Society

    Walther Rathenau

British Dictionary definitions for embryonically


embryonal (ˈɛmbrɪənəl)


of or relating to an embryo
in an early stage; rudimentary; undeveloped
Derived Formsembryonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for embryonically



1849, from medical Latin embryonem (see embryo) + -ic. Figurative use is from 1856.

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embryonically in Medicine




Of, relating to, or being an embryo.
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