Definitions of embryo

  1. 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
  2. ( botany) a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium
  3. The first rudiments of an organism, whether animal or plant
  4. The young of an animal in the womb, or more specifically, before its parts are developed and it becomes a fetus ( see Fetus).
  5. The germ of the plant, which is inclosed in the seed and which is developed by germination.
  6. A germ; a rudiment; the first or undeveloped state of anything.
  7. Rudimentary state of an animal or plant; earliest beginning.
  8. The germ or rudimentary form of anything, as of an animal or plant.
  9. The first rudiments of an animal in the womb, before the several members are distinctly formed, after which it is called a foetus; the rudimentary state of a plant within the ovule consequent on fertilization; the beginning or first state of anything, while yet in a rude and undeveloped condition.
  10. The first rudiments of an animal or plant; the first state or beginning of anything; anything before it assumes a distinct form.
  11. Any young organism in the early stages of its development before it has become self- supporting.
  12. Pertaining to an embryo; rudimentary; undeveloped; as, an embryo bud.
  13. Pertaining to or noting anything in its first rudimentary or undeveloped state. Embryo- buds, spheroidal solid bodies, resembling woody nodules, which are formed in the bark of trees, and capable, under favourable circumstances, of throwing out branches .