embryology

[em-bree-ol-uh-jee]
noun, plural embryologies.
1.
the science dealing with the formation, development, structure, and functional activities of embryos.
2.
the origin, growth, and development of an embryo: the embryology of the chick.

Origin:
1840–50; embryo- + -logy

embryological [em-bree-uh-loj-i-kuhl] , embryologic, adjective
embryologically, adverb
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embryology (ˌɛmbrɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the branch of science concerned with the study of embryos
2.  the structure and development of the embryo of a particular organism
 
embryological
 
adj
 
embryo'logic
 
adj
 
embryo'logically
 
adv
 
embry'ologist
 
n

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embryology
1859, from embryon (see embryo) + -logy.
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embryology em·bry·ol·o·gy (ěm'brē-ŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The branch of biology that deals with the formation, early growth, and development of living organisms.

  2. The embryonic structure or development of an organism.

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embryology   (ěm'brē-ŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of embryos and their development.
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embryology [(em-bree-ol-uh-jee)]

The study of the embryo; a major field of research in modern biology.

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In the early twentieth century, though, the new science of genetics nearly killed the old science of embryology.
But critics have countered that findings from turtle embryology hinted that the backbones and ribs morphed to make a shell.
Drugs and environmental agents in pregnancy and lactation: embryology, teratology, epidemiology.
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