[ on-toj-uh-nee ]
/ ɒnˈtɒdʒ ə ni /
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the development or developmental history of an individual organism.
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Also on·to·gen·e·sis [on-tuh-jen-uh-sis]. /ˌɒn təˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/.
OTHER WORDS FROM ontogenyon·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
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How to use ontogeny in a sentence
This ontogenic fact is supremely important, for the most far-reaching conclusions may be drawn from it.
This, as already explained, is the embryonic or Ontogenic series.
But there is another essential element in ontogenic evolution.
Because we can trace the change from the one to the other in the ontogenic series.
Also, the mentioned characters in adults of M. africana resemble ontogenic stages passed through by other weasels.American Weasels|E. Raymond Hall
British Dictionary definitions for ontogeny
/ (ɒnˈtɒdʒənɪ) /
the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organismCompare phylogeny
Derived forms of ontogenyontogenic (ˌɒntəˈdʒɛnɪk) or ontogenetic (ˌɒntədʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectiveontogenically or ontogenetically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for ontogeny
[ ŏn-tŏj′ə-nē ]
The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.
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