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embryonic (immature)

Definition:

of an organism prior to birth or hatching

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

embryo | embryology

Comparative:

more embryonic

Superlative:

most embryonic

Similar to:

immature

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

in the embryonic stage

Etymology:

Medical Latin embryonem + "-ic". Figurative use is from 1856.
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Embryology

the science of the development of an embryo from the fertilization of the ovum to the fetus stage. After cleavage, the dividing cells, or morula, becomes a hollow ball, or blastula, which develops a hole or pore at one end. In bilateral animals, the ... (44 of 2106 words, 7 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Embryology

Collins Dictionary:

embryologic | embryological | embryology

[medicine] Same as "embryological" | of or relating to the branch of science concerned with the study of embryos | of or relating to the structure and ... (25 of 322 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/embryologic

Oxford Dictionary:

embryology | embryologic [derived] | embryological [derived] | embryologically [derived] | embryologist [derived]

the branch of biology and medicine concerned with the study of embryos and their development (15 of 47 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/embryology

American Heritage Dictionary:

embryology | embryologic [adjective, related] | embryological [adjective, related] | embryologically [adverb, related] | embryologist [noun, related]

The branch of biology that deals with the formation, early growth, and development of living organisms. | The embryonic structure or development of a ... (23 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/embryology

New World Dictionary:

embryology | embryologic [related] | embryologically [adverb, related] | embryologist [noun, related]

the branch of biology dealing with the formation and development of embryos (12 of 27 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/embryology

Wiktionary:

embryological

Of or pertaining to embryology (5 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/embryological

Merriam-Webster:

embryonic | embryonal [sense-specific] | incipient [synonym, sense-specific] | rudimentary [synonym, sense-specific] | embryonically [adverb, related]

of or relating to an embryo | being in an early stage of development; "incipient", "rudimentary" (15 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/embryonic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

embryonic

just beginning to develop and grow | [biology] relating to an animal or human embryo (14 of 38 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/embryonic

Cambridge Dictionary:

embryonic

relating to an embryo | [before noun] [formal] starting to develop (10 of 22 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/embryonic

Random House Dictionary:

embryonic | embryonal [sense-specific]

pertaining to or in the state of an embryo. | rudimentary; undeveloped. (11 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/embryonic

Britannica Encyclopedia:

embryology

the study of the formation and development of an embryo and fetus. Before widespread use of the microscope and the advent of cellular biology in the ... (26 of 269 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/185666​/embryology

Columbia Encyclopedia:

embryo

name for the developing young of an animal or plant. In its widest definition, the embryo is the young from the moment of fertilization until it has ... (27 of 249 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0817241​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

embryology | embryologic [adjective, derived] | embryological [adjective, derived] | embryologically [adverb, derived] | embryologist [noun, derived]

the scientific study of embryos and their development | the study of the growth and development of the human embryo and fetus from conception to birth (25 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608100​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

embryonic

First use: 1849

Origin: Medical Latin embryonem + "-ic". Figurative use is from 1856.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=embryonic

Oxford Dictionary:

embryonic

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: late Latin embryo, embryon- "embryo" + "-ic"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/embryonic

American Heritage Dictionary:

embryonic

Origin: From Medieval Latin embryō, embryōn-, embryo; see "embryo".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/embryonic

Wiktionary:

embryologic

Origin: embryology + -ic

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/embryologic

-ic

Origin: French -ique, from Latin -icus, from Proto-Indo-European *-ikos, *-iḱos, formed with the i-stem suffix *-i- and the adjectival suffix *-ko-. Cognates include Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikos),... (26 of 37 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ic

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

embryonic | embryonal

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embryologic | embryological | embryology

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embryonal | embryonic

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

embryonic

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

embryonic

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Cambridge Dictionary:

embryonic

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the Free Dictionary:

embryonic

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Embryologic

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Embryonal

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embryotic

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Google Dictionary:

embryonic

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

embryonic

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www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=embryo​13 word=embryonic

embryonal

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YourDictionary Audio:

embryonic

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embryotic

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