• In the reproductive cycle, the stage after the fertilization of the egg that precedes the development into a fetus.
  • An organism in the earlier stages of development before it emerges from the egg, or before metamorphosis.
  • In viviparous animals, the young animal's earliest stages in the mother's body
  • In humans, usually the cell growth up to the end of the seventh week in the mother's body
  • A rudimentary plant contained in the seed.
  • The beginning; the first stage of anything.


  • Borrowed from Medieval Latin embryō, from Ancient Greek ἔμβρυον ("fetus"), from ἐν + βρύω. Possibly related to Hebrew עֻבָּר ("fetus, embryo") ('ʊbar).

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