embryogeny

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From embryo- +‎ -geny, probably after French embryogénie.

Noun[edit]

embryogeny (plural embryogenies)

  1. (biology) Embryogenesis. [from 19th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      In “A Carcass,” embryogeny is reversed. Death, forcing the beloved to imitate the animal's deconstruction, will make her surrender gender, identity, and coherence.