In embryo
Embryo Em"bry*o, n.; pl. {Embryos}. [F. embryon, Gr. 'e`mbryon, perh. fr. ? in (akin to L. ? E. in) + ? to be full of, swell with; perh. akin to E. brew.] (Biol.) The first rudiments of an organism, whether animal or plant; as: (a) The young of an animal in the womb, or more specifically, before its parts are developed and it becomes a fetus (see {Fetus}). (b) The germ of the plant, which is inclosed in the seed and which is developed by germination. [1913 Webster]

{In embryo}, in an incipient or undeveloped state; in conception, but not yet executed. ``The company little suspected what a noble work I had then in embryo.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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