[em-bree-on-ik] /ˌɛm briˈɒn ɪk/
pertaining to or in the state of an .
of or relating to an embryo
in an early stage; rudimentary; undeveloped
1849, from medical Latin embryonem (see embryo) + -ic. Figurative use is from 1856.
embryonic em·bry·on·ic (ěm’brē-ŏn’ĭk) or em·bry·on·al (ěm’brē-ə-nəl)
Of, relating to, or being an embryo.
- Embryonic area
embryonic area n. The area of the blastoderm on either side of, and immediately cephalic to, the primitive streak where the component cell layers have become thickened.
noun, Embryology. 1. Also called embryonic shield. in the early embryo of mammals, the flattened inner cell mass that arises at the end of the blastocyst stage and from which the embryo begins to differentiate. 2. the blastodisk of yolky eggs. embryonic disk n.
noun 1. . embryonic membrane n. See fetal membrane.
- Embryonic stem cell
Cells obtained from an embryo in the blastula phase, when they are still only a few days old. Because they have only begun to differentiate, these cells have the capability of developing into any cell in the human body, a fact which makes them potentially important in medicine. (See stem cell.)