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Webster 1913 Edition


Embryo

Em′bry-o

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Embryos
(#)
.
[F.
embryon
, Gr.
ἔμβρυον
, perh. fr. [GREEK] in (akin to L. [GREEK] E.
in
) + [GREEK] 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

,
Adj.
Pertaining to an embryo; rudimentary; undeveloped;
as, an
embryo
bud
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Embryo

EM'BRYO


Definition 2023


Embryo

Embryo

See also: embryo and embryo-

German

Noun

Embryo m (genitive Embryos, plural Embryos) (also n)

  1. embryo

embryo

embryo

See also: Embryo and embryo-

English

Alternative forms

  • (after the Medieval Latin embryo) embrio [Middle English to the 18th century], embryo [17th century to the present] (singular forms); embryones [17th century to the present], embrio’s [17th–18th centuries], embrioes [17th century], embryos [19th century to the present] (plural forms)
  • (after the stem (embryōn-) of the Medieval Latin embryo) embrioun [Middle English], embrion [Middle English to the 18th century], embryon [17th–19th centuries] (singular forms); embrions [17th C.], embryons [17th–19th centuries] (plural forms)
  • (after the Ancient Greek ἔμβρυον (émbruon)) embryon [17th century to the present] (singular form); embryons [17th century to the present], embrya [18th century to the present] (plural forms)

Noun

embryo (plural embryos or embryones)

  1. In the reproductive cycle, the stage after the fertilization of the egg that precedes the development into a fetus.
  2. An organism in the earlier stages of development before it emerges from the egg, or before metamorphosis.
  3. In viviparous animals, the young animal's earliest stages in the mother's body
  4. In humans, usually the cell growth up to the end of the seventh week in the mother's body
  5. (botany) A rudimentary plant contained in the seed.
  6. The beginning; the first stage of anything.
    • Jonathan Swift
      The company little suspected what a noble work I had then in embryo.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 419:
      it dives into the heart of the observed, and there espies evil, as it were, in the first embryo [...]

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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: em‧bryo

Etymology

From New Latin embryo, from Ancient Greek ἔμβρυον (émbruon, fetus).

Noun

embryo n (plural embryo's, diminutive embryootje n)

  1. embryo

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Finnish

Noun

embryo

  1. (rare) embryo

Declension

Inflection of embryo (Kotus type 3/valtio, no gradation)
nominative embryo embryot
genitive embryon embryoiden
embryoitten
partitive embryota embryoita
illative embryoon embryoihin
singular plural
nominative embryo embryot
accusative nom. embryo embryot
gen. embryon
genitive embryon embryoiden
embryoitten
partitive embryota embryoita
inessive embryossa embryoissa
elative embryosta embryoista
illative embryoon embryoihin
adessive embryolla embryoilla
ablative embryolta embryoilta
allative embryolle embryoille
essive embryona embryoina
translative embryoksi embryoiksi
instructive embryoin
abessive embryotta embryoitta
comitative embryoineen

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἔμβρυον (émbruon, fetus), via Medieval Latin embryo

Noun

embryo n (definite singular embryoet, indefinite plural embryo or embryoer, definite plural embryoa or embryoene)

(biology, botany) an embryo

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἔμβρυον (émbruon, fetus), via Medieval Latin embryo

Noun

embryo n (definite singular embryoet, indefinite plural embryo, definite plural embryoa)

(biology, botany) an embryo

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Swedish

Noun

embryo n

  1. embryo; an unborn baby that is less developed than a fetus.
  2. embryo; an organism in the earlier stages of development before it emerges from the egg, or before metamorphosis.

Declension

Inflection of embryo 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative embryo embryot embryon embryona
Genitive embryos embryots embryons embryonas