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[ek-toh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌɛk toʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
noun, Biology.
development outside the body, as of an embryo in an artificial environment.
Origin of ectogenesis
From New Latin, dating back to 1905-10; See origin at ecto-, -genesis
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[ek-toh-juh-net-ik] /ˌɛk toʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Plate has recently given this "definitely directed variation" the name of ectogenetic orthogenesis, or, briefly, ectogenesis.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
British Dictionary definitions for ectogenesis


the growth of an organism outside the body in which it would normally be found, such as the growth of an embryo outside the mother's body or the growth of bacteria outside the body of a host
Derived Forms
ectogenetic, ectogenic, ectogenous (ɛkˈtɒdʒɪnəs) adjective
ectogenically, adverb
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