Definition of Embryology

1. Noun. The branch of biology that studies the formation and early development of living organisms.

Examples of category: Germ Layer, Eyecup, Optic Cup, Cleavage, Segmentation, Implantation, Nidation, Regulation
Generic synonyms: Biological Science, Biology
Specialized synonyms: Teratology
Derivative terms: Embryologic, Embryonic

Definition of Embryology

1. n. The science which relates to the formation and development of the embryo in animals and plants; a study of the gradual development of the ovum until it reaches the adult stage.

Definition of Embryology

1. Noun. The scientific study of embryos. ¹

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Definition of Embryology

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Medical Definition of Embryology

1. The study of the embryo and its development from a one-celled zygote (fertilized ovum) to the establishment of form and shape (at which point, if it is an animal, it becomes a foetus). A subfield of developmental biology. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Embryology

embryology (current term)
embryoma of the kidney
embryonal adenoma
embryonal area
embryonal carcinoma
embryonal carcinosarcoma
embryonal leukaemia
embryonal medulloepithelioma
embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma
embryonal rhabdosarcoma
embryonal tumour

Literary usage of Embryology

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1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1900)
"THE STUDY OF MAMMALIAN embryology.1 CHARLES SEDGWICK MINOT. THIS article is intended to give a preliminary account of a Text-Book of embryology, ..."

2. Principles of Animal Biology by Aaron Franklin Shull, George Roger Larue, Alexander Grant Ruthven (1920)
"CHAPTER X embryology Although knowledge of the habits by which animals insure the ... The field of embryology has been diligently explored, and knowledge of ..."

3. Clinical Rheumatology: A Problem-oriented Approach to Diagnosis and Management by Roland W. Moskowitz (1921)
"Before beginning the study of embryology some topics in general histology must ... In embryology it is found that the individual in his physical development ..."

4. The Origin of a Land Flora: A Theory Based Upon the Facts of Alternation by Frederick Orpen Bower (1908)
"embryology as a branch of the science of Botany can hardly be said to have existed ... He also gave special prominence to the initial embryology of the ..."

5. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1902)
"Of the two morphological methods of investigating relationships, viz., Comparative Anatomy and Comparative embryology, the former has been applied to this ..."

6. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1909)
"CHAPTER XIV MUTUAL AFFINITIES OF ORGANIC BEINGS: MORPHOLOGY: embryology: RUDIMENTARY ORGANS Classification, groups subordinate to groups—Natural ..."

7. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"embryology may be studied from two aspects: (1) that of ontogeny, which deals only with the development of the individual; and (2) that of ..."

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