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Adjective: embryonic  ,em-bree'ó-nik
  1. Of an organism prior to birth or hatching
    "in the embryonic stage";
    - embryologic, embryonal
  2. In an early stage of development
    "an embryonic nation, not yet self-governing"; "the embryonic government staffed by survivors of the massacre";
    - embryotic

See also: early, immature

Encyclopedia: Embryonic