Definition of embryonic in US English:

embryonic

(also embryonal)

adjective

  • 1Relating to an embryo.

    • ‘Cell cycle regulation at the embryonic stage is key for normal fetal development.’
    • ‘The latter has eyes during its early embryonic stage, but they quickly degenerate.’
    • ‘The company thus avoids using embryonic stem cells, still objects of controversy.’
    • ‘It's not even clear that such a creature could develop past the embryonic stage.’
    • ‘There is also evidence that they may not have the same capacity to multiply as embryonic stem cells do.’
    • ‘The subject was the research use of embryonic stem cells, which Thompson approves.’
    • ‘The neural tube is the embryonic structure that develops into the brain and spinal cord.’
    • ‘Compare the embryonic cleavage stage of Drosophila with that of later embryonic development.’
    • ‘Although they retain the chordate characters as adults gill slits are present only in the embryonic stages of land vertebrates.’
    • ‘If so, it would not be necessary to use the ethically more problematic embryonic stem cells.’
    • ‘Many annelids and molluscs share patterns of development in early embryonic stages.’
    • ‘After fertilisation all the cells in the earliest stages of embryonic development are identical.’
    • ‘At early stages of embryonic development the genital region of males and females is indistinguishable.’
    • ‘While nipples in woman serve a purpose, male nipples appear to be simply left over from the initial stage of embryonic development.’
    • ‘The process of pattern generation is completed in mammals during the embryonic stage.’
    • ‘To include a test system avoiding this general problem, primary human embryonic fibroblasts were added to the study.’
    • ‘This was known to influence numerous cellular mechanisms and could affect early embryonic development.’
    • ‘The limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research are one example.’
    • ‘And that's what the opponents of embryonic stem cell research have pounced upon.’
    fetal, unborn, unhatched
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  • 2(of a system, idea, or organization) in a rudimentary stage with potential for further development.

    ‘the plan is still in its embryonic stages’
    • ‘I think this game has come too early for a unit in the embryonic stages of its development.’
    • ‘He admitted that the idea is still embryonic and needs more support from the government.’
    • ‘It seems mean to point it out, to pick apart ideas so embryonic and unformed.’
    • ‘They have an embryonic payments system for small purchases.’
    • ‘They are working closely with pensions providers, who indicate this work is at a very embryonic stage.’
    • ‘Architecture in its embryonic stages seems often to exist in a world without color.’
    • ‘It's very early days - it's not even in its embryonic stages yet, it's still waiting to be conceived.’
    • ‘Hamilton's embryonic ideas seemed to bear the taint of eugenics.’
    • ‘An article, in its embryonic stage, is very much like a spoiled piece of chicken that is consumed too fast.’
    • ‘The diocese continues to insist that there never was a plan to remove the screen and says it was only one embryonic idea among others.’
    • ‘Without doubt, it is still in its embryonic stages, and has yet to find its true place as a genre and as a community.’
    • ‘This coup actually suffocated the development of democracy in Iran in its embryonic stage.’
    • ‘Sid represents a new generation of energetic workers on the rise, harbingers of a boom still in its embryonic stage.’
    • ‘The second, a rawer, soul and blues-based work, is still in its embryonic stage.’
    • ‘Now in its embryonic stage, it promises to become the foundation of the new energy economy.’
    • ‘At this point, the proposal is still at an embryonic stage, he said.’
    • ‘What the Tribunal was being told about was the embryonic stages of the formation of a terror cell in Australia.’
    • ‘The Stop the War Coalition has benefited from their involvement from the embryonic stages of its existence.’
    • ‘His grasp of the English language is in its embryonic stage.’
    • ‘The reform process in general is slow, but ongoing and in some sectors at its infancy or even embryonic stage.’
    rudimentary, undeveloped, unformed, immature, incomplete, incipient, inchoate, just beginning
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from late Latin embryo, embryon- ‘embryo’ + -ic.

Pronunciation

embryonic

/ˌembrēˈänik//ˌɛmbriˈɑnɪk/