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

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Those embryos are transferred into surrogate mothers, and the owner is promised one healthy puppy or kitten. Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "When is the best time to clone your dog?," 11 July 2019 Vergara subsequently had the case removed to federal court, on the basis that Louisiana's law pertains to living children — not embryos. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Sofia Vergara refutes she owes former fiancé Nick Loeb's $120K in attorney fees," 10 July 2019 CHA Fertility Center and members of its staff wrongfully gave at least one embryo belonging to Anni and Ashot Manukyan to a couple living in New York, the Manukyans and their lawyer said Wednesday. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Couple says fertility clinic that mixed up their embryos put them 'through living hell'," 10 July 2019 For instance, the church offers an embryo-adoption service, connecting couples who wish to adopt with couples who have used in vitro fertilization and have left embryos in cold storage. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The Church Challenging Washington State’s One-Size-Fits-All Abortion Requirement," 10 July 2019 Those embryos are transferred into surrogate mothers, and the owner is promised one healthy puppy or kitten. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, "When is the best time to clone your dog?," 10 July 2019 The first attempt failed, but a second try, in the summer, was successful, and the couple were told that the clinic used female embryos. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Couple Says Fertility Clinic Used Wrong Embryos and Wife Gave Birth to Another Family's Twins," 8 July 2019 Alice Johnson, of Newnham College, led the way, on a February evening in 1883, pointing out the similarities between the bones of embryo birds and dinosaurs. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘The Spirit of Inquiry’ Review: Inventing the Scientist," 28 June 2019 The team has produced three new embryos since their research was published last year, and three remain, Galli says. Rebecca Boyle, Discover Magazine, "The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino," 25 June 2019

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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

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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