The Book of Jezebel: E Is For Embryo

As you may have heard, on October 22nd we'll be publishing our first book, a 300-page, hardcover, illustrated encyclopedia called The Book of Jezebel. In honor of this milestone —which took many years and dozens of contributors to execute—we'll be posting one entry from the book a day, starting with "A" and continuing on through to "Z." Although the book itself has already been printed — it's gorgeous — questions, additions, annotations and suggestions on the entries that appear online are welcomed and encouraged.

Embryo

The medical term for a developing pregnancy during the first eight weeks of development. Prior to being an embryo, the developing human is a zygote. After the embryonic stage, the proper term is fetus. And the official GOP term for an embryo that results from a woman being raped is a blessing.

(Illustration by Eleanor Davis.)