Definition of embryonic in English:


Line breaks: em¦bry|on¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌɛmbrɪˈɒnɪk


  • 1Relating to an embryo: slight differences in embryonic development
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    • And that's what the opponents of embryonic stem cell research have pounced upon.
    • The company thus avoids using embryonic stem cells, still objects of controversy.
    • If so, it would not be necessary to use the ethically more problematic embryonic stem cells.



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  • She had wept, curling embryonically under the duvet, hoping it would cover the nakedness of her flesh and her pain.
  • The whole point of such a search rests on the assumption that evolution will inevitably tease out the potential for intelligence already lurking, however embryonically, in the prebiotic chemical soup of other life-bearing planets.
  • Because legs develop embryonically and wings develop late in larval life in Tribolium, we have focused on assessing the role of Drosophila appendage allocation genes in leg development rather than wing development.


mid 19th century: from late Latin embryo, embryon- 'embryo' + -ic.

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