What does embryo mean?

Definitions for embryoˈɛm briˌoʊ

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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

  5. Origin: [F. embryon, Gr. 'e`mbryon, perh. fr. in (akin to L. E. in) + to be full of, swell with; perh. akin to E. brew.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Embryo

    em′bri-ō, Embryon, em′bri-on, n. the young of an animal in its earliest stages of development: the part of a seed which forms the future plant: the beginning of anything:—pl. Em′bryos, Em′bryons.—ns. Embryoc′tomy, destruction of the fetus in the uterus; Embryog′eny, the formation and development of the embryo; Embryog′raphy, description of the embryo.—adjs. Embryolog′ic, -al, of or pertaining to embryology.—ns. Embryol′ogist; Embryol′ogy, science of the embryo or fetus of animals.—adjs. Em′bryonate, -d, in the state of an embryo; Embryon′ic, Embryot′ic, of or relating to anything in an imperfect state: rudimentary.—ns. Embryot′omy, the division of a fetus to effect delivery; Embryul′cia, forcible extraction of a fetus. [Low L.,—Gr. embryonem (=en), in, bryein, to swell.]

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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embryo in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embryo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deepak Chopra:

    Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    In every defeat, there develops a silent embryo of victory; in every failure, under the rubbles, there appears a divine key to success.

  3. Kathy Niakan:

    This knowledge may improve embryo development after in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and might provide better clinical treatments for infertility.

  4. Nina Desai:

    Embryos are extremely dynamic for a moment to moment, hour to hour, they will change, and those changes can reflect a lot about the competence of an embryo to implant on the uterine wall.

  5. Joe Navarro:

    You may see him crumble into an embryo position, crossing his arms across his chest in a self hug, bringing his knees up, that's unfortunate but probably to be expected of somebody his age.

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