Definitions for: Embryo


[n] an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
[n] a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium



Webster (1913) Definition: Em"bry*o, n.; pl. Embryos. [F. embryon, Gr.
'e`mbryon, perh. fr. ? in (akin to L. ? E. in) + ? to be full
of, swell with; perh. akin to E. brew.] (Biol.)
The first rudiments of an organism, whether animal or plant;
as:
(a) The young of an animal in the womb, or more specifically,
before its parts are developed and it becomes a fetus
(see Fetus).
(b) The germ of the plant, which is inclosed in the seed and
which is developed by germination.

In embryo, in an incipient or undeveloped state; in
conception, but not yet executed. ``The company little
suspected what a noble work I had then in embryo.''
--Swift.


Em"bry*o, a.
Pertaining to an embryo; rudimentary; undeveloped; as, an
embryo bud.

Synonyms: conceptus, fertilized egg

See Also: animal, animate being, beast, blastodermic vesicle, blastula, brute, creature, fauna, flora, gastrula, morula, plant, plant life, umbilical cord

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