Definitions for: Ontogenesis


[n] 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; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"



Webster (1913) Definition: On`to*gen"e*sis, Ontogeny On*tog"e*ny, n. [See
Ontology, and Genesis.] (Biol.)
The history of the individual development of an organism; the
history of the evolution of the germ; the development of an
individual organism, -- in distinction from phylogeny, or
evolution of the tribe. Called also henogenesis,
henogeny.

Synonyms: development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogeny

Antonyms: nondevelopment

See Also: amelogenesis, angiogenesis, anthesis, apposition, auxesis, biological process, blossoming, caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, cohesion, culture, cytogenesis, dentition, efflorescence, florescence, flowering, foliation, fructification, gametogenesis, gastrulation, germination, inflorescence, intussusception, juvenescence, kainogenesis, kenogenesis, leafing, life cycle, masculinisation, masculinization, morphogenesis, myelinisation, myelinization, neurogenesis, odontiasis, organic process, palingenesis, proliferation, psychomotor development, psychosexual development, recapitulation, rooting, sprouting, suppression, teething, teratogenesis, vegetation, virilisation, virilization

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