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EMBRYO

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embryo mean? 

EMBRYO (noun)
  The noun EMBRYO has 2 senses:

1. (botany) 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

  Familiarity information: EMBRYO used as a noun is rare.


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EMBRYO (noun)


Sense 1embryo [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(botany) a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("embryo" is a kind of...):

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)


Sense 2embryo [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

conceptus; fertilized egg; embryo

Hypernyms ("embryo" is a kind of...):

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)

Meronyms (parts of "embryo"):

umbilical; umbilical cord (membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "embryo"):

blastodermic vesicle; blastula (early stage of an embryo produced by cleavage of an ovum; a liquid-filled sphere whose wall is composed of a single layer of cells; during this stage (about eight days after fertilization) implantation in the wall of the uterus occurs)

gastrula (double-walled stage of the embryo resulting from invagination of the blastula; the outer layer of cells is the ectoderm and the inner layer differentiates into the mesoderm and endoderm)

morula (a solid mass of blastomeres that forms when the zygote splits; develops into the blastula)


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