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embryology

Pronunciation: em'bre-ol'o-je

Definition: Science of the origin and development of the organism from fertilization of the oocyte to the end of the eighth week. Usually used to include all stages of prenatal life.

Synonym(s): developmental biology

[embryo- + G. logos, study]

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