embryology

noun

em·​bry·​ol·​o·​gy ˌem-brē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce embryology (audio)
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
embryological adjective
embryologically adverb
embryologist noun

Examples of embryology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To detect whether these shapes came from an ancestral bat wing or evolved independently, Sears and her colleagues investigated the embryology of different bat species and the genes responsible for the tissue's development. Riley Black, Scientific American, 9 Sep. 2023 Elliot is an impulsive, hair-down type, who is more excited about pushing scientific and ethical boundaries with a cutting-edge embryology lab than about providing compassionate care. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2023 As the science of synthetic embryology gets more sophisticated the models become more useful. Megan Molteni, STAT, 5 Dec. 2021 The team working on bringing back the woolly mammoth includes 40 scientists in three laboratories who are evaluating computational biology, cell and genome engineering, stem cell biology, embryology, protein engineering and assisted reproductive technologies. Dallas News, 31 Jan. 2023 According to the Cardinales' attorney, Alexander and Daphna learned that the CCRH fertility clinic outsourced the handling of their embryo to In VitroTech Labs, Inc., a third-party embryology lab, and its parent company, Beverly Sunset Surgical Associates. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 Take any book on embryology for medical students. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 20 Sep. 2021 This Week in the CLE: The former director of the embryology lab at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center has blamed administrators and staff for the malfunction that rendered 4,000 embryos and eggs nonviable in 2018. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2021 Melissa underwent two separate egg-retrieval procedures, from which HRC Fertility's embryology laboratory created five embryos, according to the lawsuit. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin embryologia, from embryo- embryo- + -logia -logy

Note: The Latin word was perhaps introduced by the German physician Martin Schurig (1656-1733), who used it in the title of his Embryologia historio-medica (Dresden & Leipzig, 1732).

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of embryology was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Embryology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embryology. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

embryology

noun
em·​bry·​ol·​o·​gy ˌem-brē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce embryology (audio)
1
: a branch of biology dealing with embryos and their development
2
: the facts and events characteristic of the development of an embryo
embryological adjective
embryologically adverb

Medical Definition

embryology

noun
em·​bry·​ol·​o·​gy -jē How to pronounce embryology (audio)
plural embryologies
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
embryological adjective
also embryologic
embryologically adverb

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