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Definition of "ontogeny" []

  • The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult. Also called ontogenesis. (noun)
  • The entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organism (noun)

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Use "ontogeny" in a sentence
  • "Though to say phylogeny recapitulates ontogeny is obviously wrong."
  • "More specifically it is through the history of nature as human nature, the enfolding of phylogeny in ontogeny, that psychoanalysis is intergenerated."
  • "Ernst Haeckel using the phrase ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny."