Definitions for embryoˈɛm briˌoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

em•bry•oˈɛm briˌoʊ(n.; adj.)(pl.)-os

  1. (n.)an animal in the early stages of development in the womb or egg; in humans, the stage approximately from attachment of the fertilized egg to the uterine wall until about the eighth week of pregnancy.

    Category: Developmental Biology

    Ref: Compare fetus , zygote.

  2. the rudimentary plant usu. contained in the seed.

    Category: Botany

  3. the beginning or rudimentary stage of anything.

  4. (adj.)embryonic.

    Category: Developmental Biology

Origin of embryo:

1580–90; < ML embryō, s. embryōn- < Gk émbryon=em-em -2+-bryon, der. of brýein to be full, swell, teem with (cf. brýon catkin)


  1. embryology.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: a combining form representing embryo 1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. embryo(noun)

    (botany) a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium

  2. embryo, conceptus, fertilized egg(noun)

    an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life


  1. embryo(Noun)

    In the reproductive cycle, the stage after the fertilization of the egg that precedes the development into a foetus.

  2. embryo(Noun)

    An organism in the earlier stages of development before it emerges from the egg, or before metamorphosis.

  3. embryo(Noun)

    In viviparous animals, the young animal's earliest stages in the mother's body

  4. embryo(Noun)

    In humans, usually the cell growth up to the end of the seventh week in the mother's body

  5. embryo(Noun)

    A rudimentary plant contained in the seed.

  6. embryo(Noun)

    The beginning; the first stage of anything.

  7. Origin: A corruption of ἔμβρυον, from ἐν + βρύω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embryo(noun)

    the first rudiments of an organism, whether animal or plant

  2. Embryo(noun)

    the young of an animal in the womb, or more specifically, before its parts are developed and it becomes a fetus (see Fetus)

  3. Embryo(noun)

    the germ of the plant, which is inclosed in the seed and which is developed by germination

  4. Embryo(adj)

    pertaining to an embryo; rudimentary; undeveloped; as, an embryo bud


  1. Embryo

    An embryo is a multicellular diploid eukaryote in its earliest stage of development, from the time of first cell division until birth, hatching, or germination. In humans, it is called an embryo until about eight weeks after fertilization, and from then it is instead called a fetus. The development of the embryo is called embryogenesis. In organisms that reproduce sexually, once a sperm fertilizes an egg cell, the result is a cell called the zygote, which possesses half the DNA of each of its two parents. In plants, animals, and some protists, the zygote will begin to divide by mitosis to produce a multicellular organism. The result of this process is an embryo.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Embryo

    the scientific term for the young of an animal while yet in the initial stage of development in the womb; also applied to the plant in its rudimentary stage within the seed.

Anagrams of embryo

  1. merboy

Translations for embryo

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a young animal or plant in its earliest stages in seed, egg or womb

An egg contains the embryo of a chicken; (also adjective) the embryo child.

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