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orthogenetic

[ awr-thoh-juh-net-ik ]
/ ˌɔr θoʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk /
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adjective Biology.

pertaining to or supporting the theory that evolution follows a predetermined course rather than branching off in different directions as a result of natural selection.

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Origin of orthogenetic

First recorded in 1895–1900; from New Latin orthogenet- (stem of orthogenesis orthogenesis) + -ic
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