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ontogeny

on·tog·e·ny

ontogeny

 
pronunciation:
an ta j ni
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part of speech: noun
inflections: ontogenies
definition: the process of biological growth and development of a particular living organism. (Cf. phylogeny.)
The scientist is studying stages of of horn growth in the ontogeny of a beetle larva.Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.
derivations: ontogenetic (adj.), ontogenetical (adj.), ontogenic (adj.)
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The word ontogeny contains the following parts:
ont, onto Greek root that means being, existence
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