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embryoἔμβρυον (gr.); Embryo (ger.)

  • 1) The offspring of an animal (or a man) before its birth (or its emergence from the egg).

    I thought it might not be an extravagant conjecture, to suppose, that such an egg or embrio might successfully be conveyed into the uterus of any other viviparous femal, & thereby not only gravidate some without coition, but also […] make som bring forth Animals of a species different from their own.

    Nicholson, H. (1676). [Letter of 10 May 1676]. In: The Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg, vol. XII (1986): 284.


    [eine Larve ist] nichts anderes als ein Embryo mit freiem und selbständigem Leben

    Leuckart (1853). Zeugung. In: Wagner, R. (ed.). Handwörterbuch der Physiologie, vol. 4, 707-1000: 946.

    The persistence of organization is a primary law of embryonic development
    Lillie, F.R. (1906). Observations and experiments concerning the elementary phenomena of embryonic development in Chaetopterus. J. exper. Zool. 3, 153-267: 252.
  • 2) The rudimentary plant contained in the seed (Syd. Soc. Lex.). (OED)
    Embryo denique ipse, essentialis pars ovuli imprægnati & princeps fœcundationis opus est, cujus causa omnes hactenus recinsitæ partes, tam organicæ, quam inorganiquæ cunstructæ & a Natura productæ sunt.
    Gaertner, J. (1788). De fructibus et seminibus plantarum, vol. I: LXI.
Needham, J. (1934/59). A History of Embryology.

Meyer, A.W. (1939). The Rise of Embryology.

Montagu, M.F.A. (1949). Embryology from Antiquity to the End of the Eighteenth Century. Ciba Symposia 10, 1009-1028.

Oppenheimer, J.M. (1967). Essays in the History of Embryology and Biology.

Horder, T.J., Witkowski, J.A. & Wylie, C.C. (eds.) (1986). A History of Embryology.

Gilbert, S.F. (ed.) (1991). A Conceptual History of Modern Embryology.

Amundson, R. (2006). The Changing Role of the Embryo in Evolutionary Thought.