noun Embryology.

  1. the development of structural features of an organism or part.


  1. the development of form and structure in an organism during its growth from embryo to adult
  2. the evolutionary development of form in an organism or part of an organism

1863 in biology; 1958 in geology; from morpho- + genesis. Related: Morphogenetic.


  1. Differentiation of cells and tissues in the early embryo which results in establishing the form and structure of the various organs and parts of the body.

  1. Formation of the structure of an organism or part involving differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development.

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