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embryo


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Embryo  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Embryo  \Em"bry*o\,  a. 
  Pertaining  to  an  embryo;  rudimentary;  undeveloped;  as  an 
  embryo  bud. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  embryo 
  adj  :  in  an  early  stage  of  development;  "the  embryo  government 
  staffed  by  survivors  of  the  massacre";  "an  embryonic 
  nation,  not  yet  self-governing";  "an  idea  in  embryo" 
  [syn:  {embryo(a)},  {embryonic},  {embryotic},  {in  embryo}] 
  n  1:  a  minute  rudimentary  plant  contained  within  a  seed  or  an 
  archegonium 
  2:  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  [syn:  {conceptus},  {fertilized  egg}] 




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