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Noun: embryo  'em-bree,ow
  1. An animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into foetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
    - conceptus, fertilized egg, fertilised egg [Brit]
     
  2. (botany) a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium
     
  3. An unborn baby less than 8 weeks old, before it is classified as a foetus
     
  4. The first stage or starting form of anything

Derived forms: embryos

Type of: animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna, flora, plant, plant life

Encyclopedia: Embryo