from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The origin and development of an individual organism from embryo to adult. Also called ontogenesis.
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- n. The development of an individual organism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as ontogenesis.
- n. Specifically or specially, the ontogenesis of an individual living organism; the entire development and metamorphosis or life-history of a given organism, as distinguished from phylogeny.
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- n. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
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.
Ernst Haeckel coining the phrase ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny to describe the view.
The "ontogeny" of a single human tribe must not be a recapitulation of the "phelogeny" of the meg-tribe known as a patriarchal state.
Professor Haeckel, of the famous University of Jena, would not deny this, with all that his new terms "ontogeny" and "phylogeny" may imply.
Haeckel maintained not only that all vertebrate embryos evolved from a common ancestor, but also that in their development ( "ontogeny") they replay ( "recapitulate") their evolutionary history ( "phylogeny").
However, that kind of ontogeny might also be compared to economic development.
These "ontogeny" chapters are probably the strongest tie between the Lakoff's "mechanism" book and the Graff's
It turns out that DNA interacts in entirely chance ways during the course of ontogeny -- the development of the embryo -- based simply on how the chromosomes cross and fold back on themselves and one another.