Definition of pre-embryo in English:

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pre-embryo

Pronunciation: /prēˈembrēˌō/

noun

technical
A human embryo or fertilized ovum in the first fourteen days after fertilization, before implantation in the uterus has occurred.
Example sentences
  • The embryos, or pre-embryos, at fertility clinics are frozen at sometime between two and five days after fertilization.
  • Before fourteen days, the embryo, or pre-embryo as it was scientifically known, was a loose cluster of first two, then four, then sixteen cells, undifferentiated.
  • Implantation of the pre-embryo in the uterine wall is a highly invasive process, akin to attack by a parasite.

Derivatives

pre-embryonic

Pronunciation: /ˌprēˌembrēˈänik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Therapeutic cloning, on the other hand, is a technique in which pre-embryonic tissue cloned from human donors who are suffering from a variety of diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes would be used to produce stem cells.

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Syllabification: pre-em·bry·o

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