- 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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Examples from the Web for ontogeny
But they may also be associated in succession, such as those of hearing and of ontogeny.
This denture is nothing else than a phylogenetic incident in the ontogeny of the whale.
Their past (ontogeny) and present (pragmatics) are involved in these interactions.The Civilization of Illiteracy
This is afforded by comparative anatomy and by the study of ontogeny.The Last Link
Thus, then, in ontogeny the fish goes no further than the fish stages.Evolution
Joseph Le Conte
- the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organismCompare phylogeny
Word Origin and History for ontogeny
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.ontogenesis
- The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult.
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