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
Related formson·to·ge·net·ic [on-tuh-juh-net-ik] /ˌɒn tə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, on·to·ge·net·i·cal, on·to·gen·ic, adjectiveon·to·ge·net·i·cal·ly, on·to·gen·i·cal·ly, adverbon·tog·e·nist, noun
First recorded in 1870–75; onto-
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Related Words for ontogenesisevolution
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Historical Examples of ontogenesis
But ontogenesis would have furnished us with facts no less cogent.
It studies man from two different points of view: his development (ontogenesis), and his variations.
The ontogenesis of any given living organism is a short, condensed recapitulation of its ancestral history or of its phylogenesis.
It summarises the history of species; ontogenesis, we are told, reproduces phylogenesis.
This exceedingly important larval form, the "gastrula," makes its appearance in the ontogenesis of all tribes of animals.
British Dictionary definitions for ontogenesis
Derived Formsontogenic (ˌɒntəˈdʒɛnɪk) or ontogenetic (ˌɒntədʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectiveontogenically or ontogenetically, adverb the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organismCompare phylogeny
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Word Origin and History for ontogenesis
"development of an individual," 1872, from onto- + -geny. Related: Ontogenic; 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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