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Meaning of EMBRYO

Pronunciation:  'embree`ow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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
  2. [n]  a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium

EMBRYO is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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;
    (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.''
  2. \Em"bry*o\, a.
    Pertaining to an embryo; rudimentary; undeveloped; as, an
    embryo bud.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Having to do with an early stage in the development of a plant or an animal. In vertebrate animals, this stage lasts from shortly after fertilization until all major body parts appear. In particular, in humans, this stage lasts from about 2 weeks after fertilization until the end of the seventh or eighth week of pregnancy.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of an embryo, symbolizes the emergence of a fresh idea. Also, your unconscious feelings may be surfacing. Alternatively, it may refer to your feelings of vulnerability and your need to be protected. However if you are pregnant, it is quite common to see the embryo in your dream.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A stage of development in a multicelled organism between the time that the zygote is fertilized and the point at which the organism developing from that zygote becomes free-living.
  2. Specifically, in vertebrate animals, the developmental stage from after the long axis appears until all major anatomical structures form.
  3. In human development, this is from about two weeks after fertilization until the seventh or eighth week of pregnancy.
  4. In higher plants, this is the rudimentary plant encased in a viable seed before germination; a plant embryo usually consists of an epicotyl, hypocotyl, radicle and one or two cotyledons.
  5. In primitive plants, the young sporophyte that develops from the union of male and female sex cells.