- 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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But there is another essential element in ontogenic evolution.
This, as already explained, is the embryonic or Ontogenic series.
Because we can trace the change from the one to the other in the ontogenic series.
This ontogenic fact is supremely important, for the most far-reaching conclusions may be drawn from it.
British Dictionary definitions for ontogenic
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 ontogenic
"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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