embryo

noun
em·​bryo | \ ˈem-brē-ˌō How to pronounce embryo (audio) \
plural embryos

Definition of embryo

1a : an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems especially : the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception
b archaic : a vertebrate at any stage of development prior to birth or hatching
2 : the young sporophyte of a seed plant usually comprising a rudimentary plant with plumule, radicle, and cotyledons
3a : something as yet undeveloped
b : a beginning or undeveloped state of something productions seen in embryo during their out-of-town tryout period— Henry Hewes

Examples of embryo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, a bison embryo makes a cross-country journey for a groundbreaking project and keepers train a coalition of cheetahs to walk the grounds of the zoo. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 With white rice, the grain is polished in a way that removes two parts—the bran and embryo—and leaves a starchy section called the endosperm. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, 1 July 2021 But at the end of the 20-day experiment, three embryos still contained human cells that had grown as part of the region of the embryo where they were embedded. Sahotra Sarkar, The Conversation, 22 Apr. 2021 Which is where the 14-day rule and the changing shape of embryo science comes in. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, 24 June 2021 In the May 30 Section A, an article about embryo-testing startup Orchid Inc. misstated Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz’s academic affiliation. Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 But the details of the sets, such as the embryo cold storage area, that might prompt shoppers to do unanticipated window shopping. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 28 May 2021 Laws limiting embryo research to either 14 days or formation of a structure called the primitive streak exist in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, and South Korea. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 In a 2016 LinkedIn post, Varsavsky argued that investment in embryo testing is one way to bring U.S. health-care spending under control, alongside more commonplace suggestions like reducing smoking and encouraging exercise. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of embryo

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for embryo

Medieval Latin embryon-, embryo, from Greek embryon, from en- + bryein to swell; akin to Greek bryon catkin

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“Embryo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embryo. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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embryo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of embryo

: a human or animal in the early stages of development before it is born, hatched, etc.

embryo

noun
em·​bryo | \ ˈem-brē-ˌō How to pronounce embryo (audio) \
plural embryos

Kids Definition of embryo

1 : an unborn human or animal in the earliest stages of growth when its basic structures are being formed
2 : a tiny young plant inside a seed

embryo

noun
em·​bryo | \ ˈem-brē-ˌō How to pronounce embryo (audio) \
plural embryos

Medical Definition of embryo

1 archaic : a vertebrate at any stage of development prior to birth or hatching
2 : an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems especially : the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception — compare fetus

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