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- n. History of the evolution of forms; that part of ontogeny that deals with the germ history of forms, distinguished from physiogeny.
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- n. History of the evolution of forms; that part of ontogeny that deals with the germ history of forms; -- distinguished from
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In biology, morphogenesis; the genesis of form; the production or evolution of those forms of living matter the study of which is the province of the science of morphology.
- n. The history of the evolution of the forms of organisms; morphology, or the science of the forms of living bodies, with special reference to the manner in which, or the means by which, such forms originate or develop; embryology in a broad sense.
Thirdly, the several biological sciences which describe the development of organisms are comprised under the general name of morphogeny (morphe and genea, "origin"), or biogeny.
Cuvier's system was further developed by C.E. von Baer (1792-1876), who discovered the mammalian ovum, and through his studies of the development of the chick laid the foundations to the science of comparative morphogeny.
It will be the task of some future physiologist to engage in the study of the evolution of functions with the same zeal and success as has been done for the evolution of structures in morphogeny (the science of the genesis of forms).