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Embryology is a subdiscipline of biology studying embryos, particularly their processes of development. The definition of an embryo (Greek émbryon, “[unborn] young”) has been relatively constant since Antiquity: a body from which an independent living organism develops, but that is still located within a space sealed off from the outside world, for example the body of the mothe…

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Toepfer, Georg, “Embryology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018726>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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