in embryo

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in embryo

formal
: in an early or undeveloped stage
  • The ideas he explored fully in his later work can be seen in embryo in his early books.

Word by Word Definitions

embryo play
  1. : 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

  3. : the young sporophyte of a seed plant usually comprising a rudimentary plant with plumule, radicle, and cotyledons


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