American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being an embryo.
- adj. Rudimentary; incipient: an embryonic nation, not yet self-governing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character or being in the condition of an embryo; pertaining or relating to an embryo or embryos; hence, rudimentary; incipient; inchoate: as, an embryonic animal, germ, or cell; embryonic development or researches; an embryonic scheme; civilization is in an embryonic state.
- adj. embryology Of or relating to an embryo.
- adj. figuratively Something, especially a project, that is very new and is still evolving; something that has yet to reach its full potential.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to an embryo; embryonal; rudimentary.
- adj. of an organism prior to birth or hatching
- adj. in an early stage of development
- From Medieval Latin embryō, embryōn-, embryo; see embryo. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term embryonic stem cell research has been greatly politicized, but it involves this process: the creation of a human embryo-often by cloning-followed by the destruction of that embryo to obtain stem cells, which are then reproduced to create a stem cell line," says Angela Martin, the director of the group.”
“The need for ova in embryonic stem cell research has given rise to a new form of exploitation of women.”
“I have paddocks of horses in embryonic form for our Eden colony.”
“An organization which is involved in embryonic stem cell funding cannot accept any other federal funding (the theory is that other funding could be shifted to embryonic stem cell research).”
“Researchers typically use embryos left over at infertility clinics to obtain embryonic stem cells.”
“Do artists discover a personal style and develop their themes gradually or are these to be found in embryonic form in their earliest works?”
“Actually, my Ph.D. thesis does not really have an evolutionary focus because I study joint regeneration in embryonic chick limb.”
“However, it does not seem that those who raise the question of the instrumentalization of women's wombs are ipso facto talking nonsense, even if, ultimately, the procedure to which they object or about which they have concerns is morally justified, or the survival of certain embryonic human beings justifies resorting to a procedure one would otherwise not be justified in undertaking.”
“What you have here, in embryonic form, is the thinking of a front-loading designer.”
“Combining the two, by modifying genes in embryonic stem cells and then injecting those cells into fertilized mouse eggs, made it possible to rear mice with discrete genetic modifications that would be inherited between generations.”
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