ontogeny

[on-toj-uh-nee]
Also on·to·gen·e·sis [on-tuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌɒn təˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/.
Compare phylogeny.

Origin of ontogeny

First recorded in 1870–75; onto- + -geny
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
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Examples from the Web for ontogenic

Historical Examples of ontogenic

  • But there is another essential element in ontogenic evolution.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte

  • This, as already explained, is the embryonic or Ontogenic series.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte

  • Because we can trace the change from the one to the other in the ontogenic series.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte

  • This ontogenic fact is supremely important, for the most far-reaching conclusions may be drawn from it.


British Dictionary definitions for ontogenic

ontogeny

ontogenesis (ˌɒntəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs)

noun
  1. the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organismCompare phylogeny
Derived Formsontogenic (ˌɒntəˈdʒɛnɪk) or ontogenetic (ˌɒntədʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectiveontogenically or ontogenetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ontogenic

ontogeny

n.

"development of an individual," 1872, from onto- + -geny. Related: Ontogenic; ontogenesis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ontogenic in Medicine

ontogeny

[ŏn-tŏjə-nē]
n.
  1. The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.ontogenesis
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ontogenic in Science

ontogeny

[ŏn-tŏjə-nē]
  1. The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.
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