Embryo meaning

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The developing young of an egg-laying animal before hatching.
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An organism at any time before full development, birth, or hatching.
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An animal in its earliest stage of development, before all the major body structures are represented. In humans, the embryonic stage lasts through the first eight weeks of pregnancy. In humans, other placental mammals, and other viviparous animals, young born as embryos cannot thrive. In marsupials, the young are born during the embryonic stage and complete their development outside the uterus, attached to a teat within the mother's pouch.
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A rudimentary or beginning stage.

An idea that was the embryo of a short story.

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The rudimentary plant contained in a seed, usually made up of hypocotyl, radicle, plumule, and cotyledons.
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The young sporophytic plant contained within a seed or an archegonium.
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The sporophyte of a plant in its earliest stages of development, such as the miniature, partially developed plant contained within a seed before germination.
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In the reproductive cycle, the stage after the fertilization of the egg that precedes the development into a fetus.
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An organism in the earlier stages of development before it emerges from the egg, or before metamorphosis.
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In viviparous animals, the young animal's earliest stages in the mother's body.
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(botany) A rudimentary plant contained in the seed.
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The beginning; the first stage of anything.
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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 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.

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The young sporophytic plant contained within a seed or an archegonium.
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A rudimentary or beginning stage.

An idea that was the embryo of a short story.

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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.
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Embryo, embryonic.

Embryology.

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An organism at any time before full development, birth, or hatching.
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In humans, usually the cell growth up to the end of the seventh week in the mother's body.
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Origin of embryo

  • Medieval Latin embryō from Greek embruon en- in en–2 bruein to be full to bursting

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A Medieval Latin corruption of Ancient Greek ἔμβρυον (embruon, “fetus”), from ἐν (en-, “in-”) + βρύω (bruō, “I grow, swell”).

    From Wiktionary