Definition - What does Embryology mean?

Embryology is the study of the development of embryos from fertilized eggs. It is a branch of biology which focuses on the early development and growth of a living organism.

One of the main components of embryology is how an egg is fertilized and the changes that occur for it to grow and develop. The study also includes errors that can occur during the developmental period and how they impact the process.

FertilitySmarts explains Embryology

The word “embryology” comes from the Greek word “embryon” which means “the unborn.” There are three stages of embryonic development: germinal, embryonic, and fetal, each of which has important markers which are necessary for the proper growth of the embryo.

The study has helped in expanding our understanding of congenital and hereditary disorders. Many of the discoveries made in embryology have helped in developing assisted reproduction therapies.

Embryologists are scientists who work with doctors and clinicians to help patients cryopreserve gametes and create embryos in a laboratory setting. They can be found working in fertility clinics, research facilities, and hospitals.

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