- the development or developmental history of an individual organism.
Also on·to·gen·e·sis [on-tuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌɒn təˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/.
Origin of ontogeny
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But ontogenesis would have furnished us with facts no less cogent.Creative Evolution
It studies man from two different points of view: his development (ontogenesis), and his variations.Pedagogical Anthropology
The ontogenesis of any given living organism is a short, condensed recapitulation of its ancestral history or of its phylogenesis.The Last Link
It summarises the history of species; ontogenesis, we are told, reproduces phylogenesis.A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson
Edouard le Roy
This exceedingly important larval form, the "gastrula," makes its appearance in the ontogenesis of all tribes of animals.Was Man Created?
Henry A. Mott
- the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organismCompare phylogeny
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Word Origin and History for ontogenesis
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- The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.ontogenesis
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- The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.
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