- An example of an embryo is when you have a viable female human egg that has been fertilized with a man's sperm.
- An example of an embryo is the draft of a series of new laws protecting human rights that will be used in the development of a constitution to govern a country where a human rights violation is taking place.
The definition of an embryo is an unborn but developing child or animal, or something in the early stages that shows potential for development.
- an animal in the earliest stages of its development in the uterus or the egg, specif., in humans, from conception to about the eighth week
- an early or undeveloped stage of something
- anything in such a stage
- the rudimentary plant contained in a seed, usually made up of hypocotyl, radicle, plumule, and cotyledons
Origin of embryoMiddle English embrio from Medieval Latin embryo from Classical Greek embryon, embryo, fetus, thing newly born, neuter of embryos, growing in from en-, in + bryein, to swell, be full
embryo, embryonic: embryology
also, before a vowel, em′bry-
- a. The collection of cells that has developed from the fertilized egg of a vertebrate animal, before all the major organs have developed.b. A collection of such cells of a human, especially from implantation in the uterine wall through the eighth week of development.
- Botany The young sporophytic plant contained within a seed or an archegonium.
- An organism at any time before full development, birth, or hatching.
- A rudimentary or beginning stage: an idea that was the embryo of a short story.
Origin of embryoMedieval Latin embryō from Greek embruon en- in ; see en- 2. bruein to be full to bursting
(plural embryos or embryones)
- In the reproductive cycle, the stage after the fertilization of the egg that precedes the development into a fetus.
- An organism in the earlier stages of development before it emerges from the egg, or before metamorphosis.
- In viviparous animals, the young animal's earliest stages in the mother's body
- In humans, usually the cell growth up to the end of the seventh week in the mother's body
- (botany) A rudimentary plant contained in the seed.
- The beginning; the first stage of anything.
A Medieval Latin corruption of Ancient Greek ἔμβρυον (embruon, “fetus”), from ἐν (en-, “in-”) + βρύω (bruō, “I grow, swell”).