embryology

noun
em·bry·ol·o·gy | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-lə-jē \

Definition of embryology 

1 : a branch of biology dealing with embryos and their development

2 : the features and phenomena exhibited in the formation and development of an embryo

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Other words from embryology

embryological \ˌem-brē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \ adjective
embryologically \ˌem-brē-ə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
embryologist \ˌem-brē-ˈä-lə-jist \ noun

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John Zhang, shown in the embryology lab at New Hope Fertility Center in New York, is known for pushing ethical and technological boundaries in the fertility industry. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, "This fertility doctor is pushing the boundaries of human reproduction, with little regulation," 14 May 2018 Approximately August 2017-November 2017: The autofill function in the freezer tanks in the andrology and embryology labs malfunction. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Timeline of how the UH fertility freezer incident unfolded," 3 Apr. 2018 Before Genes Reigned Supreme The work of Burr and Lund occurred during a time of widespread interest in embryology. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth," 18 Mar. 2018 Even the English mathematician Alan Turing, famed for cracking the Enigma code, was fascinated by embryology. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth," 18 Mar. 2018 Basic embryology shows that the human nervous system is established by six weeks’ gestation. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Senators, Pass the Ban on the Abortion of Fetuses Capable of Feeling Pain," 5 Oct. 2017 In 1973, the court decreed — without basis in the Constitution's text, structure or history, or in embryology or other science — a trimester policy. George Will, Alaska Dispatch News, "On abortion, Democrats show their cultural extremism," 18 Oct. 2017 And more important, would conceiving a child outside the womb (not actually in a test tube but in an embryology lab) have any long-term effects? Amy Klein, chicagotribune.com, "I wasn't sure about having a 'test-tube baby'," 12 June 2017 And more important, would conceiving a child outside the womb (not actually in a test tube but in an embryology lab) have any long-term effects? Amy Klein, chicagotribune.com, "I wasn't sure about having a 'test-tube baby'," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of embryology

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for embryology

French embryologie

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embryology

noun
em·bry·ol·o·gy | \ -jē \
plural embryologies

Medical Definition of embryology 

1 : a branch of biology dealing with embryos and their development

2 : the features and phenomena exhibited in the formation and development of an embryo

Other words from embryology

embryological \-brē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl \ also embryologic \-ˈläj-ik \ adjective
embryologically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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