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The doctor implanted multiple embryos to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
  an animal organism in the early stages of growth; in humans the first eight weeks of pregnancy (prior to the fetal stage)
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embryo embryos
Strongly Associated with:   fetus
In humans, the embryo is called a fetus after the eighth week of pregnancy.
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  • The doctor implanted multiple embryos to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
  • Scientists can clone the embryo.
  • Nothing like oxygen-shortage for keeping an embryo below par.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I said "embryo."
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s

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  • It was the darkness of the womb, the prenatal darkness of embryos in that house, which was a little disconcerting but made for deep and luxuriant sleeping.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The embryos have been pickled; the scent of formaldehyde is very strong.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Have you seen that awful den of hellish infamy, with the very moonlight alive with grisly shapes, and every speck of dust that whirls in the wind a devouring monster in embryo?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Because I don’t like fish embryos sitting under my nose?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • —not the mother’s smile, responding to it, as other babies do, by that faint, embryo smile of the little mouth, remembered so doubtfully afterwards, and with such fond discussion whether it were indeed a smile.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • That’s the part that holds a tiny embryo of a corn plant.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • So the barricade of the Rue de la Chanvrerie was only an outline, and an embryo compared to the two colossal barricades which we have just sketched; but it was formidable for that epoch.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was hard to the touch and he knew that inside the embryo was solidly frozen.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Defler paced the front of the classroom telling us how mitosis—the process of cell division—makes it possible for embryos to grow into babies, and for our bodies to create new cells for healing wounds or replenishing blood we’ve lost.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • She rested her hand on her abdomen, awareness focused on the embryo there.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Thus, even in civilized communities, the embryo man passes through the hunter stage of development.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • And why, just at the moment when he had brought away the embryo of his idea from the old woman had he dropped at once upon a conversation about her?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • This plastic could be shaped into an egg and used to grow chick embryos.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • They went from embryo to infant in five weeks, and from infant to young adult in about four years.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Facing up to it, he resigned as county agent after four years and, on land leased with borrowed money, created, in embryo, River Valley Farm (a name justified by the Arkansas River’s meandering presence but not, certainly, by any evidence of valley).
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • If you compare the embryos of dogs, bats, rabbits, and humans at an early stage, they look so alike that it is hard to tell the difference.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • This embryo was Man.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The flame, which had before lain in embryo, now burst forth.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • We know what a masquerade all development is, and what effective shapes may be disguised in helpless embryos.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But once you were a viable embryo, she was locked out of the process.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • This law and its subsequent modifications defined four classes of people who would be eligible for support: those who had been in the city limits on the day of the bombing; those who had entered an area within two kilometres of the hypocenter in the first fourteen days after it; those who had come into physical contact with bomb victims, in administering first aid or in disposing of their bodies; and those who had been embryos in the wombs of women in any of the first three categories.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • III The Little Theaters, which were to give piquancy to American drama three or four years later, were only in embryo.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "Italians make their sausage out of pig embryos and Vitalis, Tradd," I said seriously.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But it was no summer of a virgin’s itching discontent; no summer’s caesarean lack which should have torn me, dead flesh or even embryo, from the living or else, by friction’s ravishing of the male-furrowed meat, also weaponed and panoplied as a man instead of hollow woman.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Could people who hatch their own chicks and eat the embryos and the heads for delicacies and boil the feet in vinegar for party food, leaving only the gravel, eating even the gizzard lining-could such people engender a prodigal aunt?
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • In the meanwhile, feeling strangely alone and restless in Commons, with new desires and ambitions stirring in his mind, he let the first term go by between an envy of the embryo successes and a puzzled fretting with Kerry as to why they were not accepted immediately among the elite of the class.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • For the enlightenment of those who are not so intimately acquainted with the minutiae of the municipal abattoir as this morbidminded esthete and embryo philosopher who for all his overweening bumptiousness in things scientific can scarcely distinguish an acid from an alkali prides himself on being, it should perhaps be stated that staggering bob in the vile parlance of our lowerclass licensed victuallers signifies the cookable and eatable flesh of a calf newly dropped from its mother.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They had stood parting in the silent highway, and their tense and passionate moods had led to bewildered inquiries of each other on how far their intimacy ought to go; till they had almost quarrelled, and she said tearfully that it was hardly proper of him as a parson in embryo to think of such a thing as kissing her even in farewell as he now wished to do.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Sometimes then I thought of the brave and stupid idealists heading out into the great dark in their slow and leaking ships, carrying embryos and ideologies with equal faith and care.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You are a feeble, hairless embryo, remarkably easy to kill.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • I was as helpless as an embryo.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • The usurpers, clothed with the forms of legal authority, can too often crush the opposition in embryo.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The report was only partially true, the marriage project being only in an embryo condition; but a great change now came over Nastasia Philipovna.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But if a single embryo in a mother happened to split very early on in its growth into two separate halves, the result was identical twins like me and Shiva.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And according to one branch of science, whose notions of reality were equally unflattering and lurid, the embryo’s development seemed to be a hasty recapitulation of zoological genealogy.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • A hundred times had Martin obediently looked at the specimens in the brown, crackly-varnished bookcase: the beetles and chunks of mica; the embryo of a two-headed calf, the gallstones removed from a respectable lady whom the Doc enthusiastically named to all visitors.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • This difference in opinion had long been a subject of amicable dispute between them: but, Latterly, the contest was getting to be too important to admit of trivial discussions on the part of Marmaduke, whose acute discernment was already catching faint glimmerings of the important events that were in embryo.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching oversized braincase and the opposable thumb—this animal barely up from the apes—will endure, will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets—to the stars and beyond—carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage, and his noble essential decency.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • The theft of the brigand-poetaster from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is deliberate; and the metamorphosis of Leporello into Enry Straker, motor engineer and New Man, is an intentional dramatic sketch for the contemporary embryo of Mr H. G. Wells’s anticipation of the efficient engineering class which will, he hopes, finally sweep the jabberers out of the way of civilization.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The embryos return
    Into my dulled body.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • " Back in 10, he’d worked on one of the beef ranches, maintaining the genetic diversity of the herd with the implantation of long-frozen cow embryos.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • …ancient world those giants came With many a vain exploit, though then renowned: The builders next of Babel on the plain Of Sennaar, and still with vain design, New Babels, had they wherewithal, would build: Others came single; he, who, to be deemed A God, leaped fondly into Aetna flames, Empedocles; and he, who, to enjoy Plato’s Elysium, leaped into the sea, Cleombrotus; and many more too long, Embryos, and idiots, eremites, and friars White, black, and gray, with all their trumpery.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Before I was born out of my mother generations guided me, My embryo has never been torpid, nothing could overlay it.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • One egg, one embryo, one adult-normality.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • By which time the original egg was in a fair way to becoming anything from eight to ninety-six embryos– a prodigious improvement, you will agree, on nature.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
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