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[pol-ee-em-bree-uh-nee, -oh-nee, -em-brahy-uh-nee]
noun Embryology.
  1. the production of more than one embryo from one egg.
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Origin of polyembryony

1840–50; poly- + Greek émbryon embryo + -y3
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Examples from the Web for polyembryony

Historical Examples

  • Polyembryony is generally associated with the development of cells other than the egg-cell.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1


  • Polyembryony: the production of several embryos from a single egg, as in some Chalcids.

British Dictionary definitions for polyembryony


  1. the production of more than one embryo from a single fertilized egg cell: occurs in certain plants and parasitic hymenopterous insects
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Derived Formspolyembryonic (ˌpɒlɪˌɛmbrɪˈɒnɪk), adjective
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polyembryony in Medicine


(pŏl′ē-ĕmbrē-ə-nē, -ĕm-brī-)
  1. Development of more than one embryo from a single egg or ovule.
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polyembryony in Science


[pŏl′ē-ĕmbrē-ə-nē, -ĕm-brī-]
  1. Development from a single fertilized egg cell or, in plants, from a single ovule. In human beings, identical twins are the result of polyembryony. In gymnosperm plants, polyembryony involves the fertilization of more than one egg, though usually only one embryo survives in the ovule.
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