- 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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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.
This ontogenic fact is supremely important, for the most far-reaching conclusions may be drawn from it.
- the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organismCompare phylogeny
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Word Origin and History for ontogenic
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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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