the megaspore of a seed-bearing plant, situated within the ovule, giving rise to the endosperm and forming the egg cell or nucleus from which the embryo plant develops after fertilization.
the structure within a plant ovule that contains the egg cell: develops from the megaspore and contains the embryo plant and endosperm after fertilization
An oval structure within an ovule of an angiosperm that contains the egg. Together with the fertilized egg, it develops into a seed. The embryo sac is the female gametophyte of angiosperms, consisting of eight nuclei: the egg and two adjacent and short-lived synergids that are near the micropyle (the opening where the pollen nuclei will enter), two central nuclei (which will combine with one of the pollen nuclei to form the endosperm), and three antipodal nuclei at the end of the embryo sac opposite the micropyle. Like the synergids, these nuclei degenerate at or shortly after fertilization. See more at gametophyte, pollination.
[em-bree-ot-uh-mee] /ˌɛm briˈɒt ə mi/ noun, plural embryotomies. Surgery. 1. dismemberment of a fetus, when natural delivery is impossible, in order to effect its removal. embryotomy em·bry·ot·o·my (ěm’brē-ŏt’ə-mē) n. The cutting of the fetus while in the uterus to aid its removal when delivery is impossible by natural means.
[em-bree-oh-tok-sik] /ˌɛm bri oʊˈtɒk sɪk/ adjective 1. poisonous to embryos.
embryotoxicity em·bry·o·tox·ic·i·ty (ěm’brē-ō-tŏk-sĭs’ĭ-tē) n. The state of being toxic to an embryo, resulting in abnormal development or death.
noun 1. the transfer of a developing embryo to or from the uterus of a surrogate mother. embryo transfer n. After artificial insemination, the process by which the fertilized ovum is transferred at the blastocyst stage to the recipient’s uterus. embryo transfer The transfer into a recipient’s uterus of an egg that has been fertilized […]