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Definition of the noun ontogeny

What does ontogeny mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ontogenies

  1. (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

Alternative definition of the noun ontogeny


  1. The development of an individual organism.

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Google previewThe Divine Pedigree Of Man (2012)

by Thomas Jay Hudson

Ontogeny is a brief and rapid recapitulation of phylogeny, dependent on the physiological functions of heredity (reproduction) and adaptation (nutrition).

Ontogeny is the history of the development or evolution of' individual organisms.

Google previewEvolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware (1998)

Second International Conference, ICES '98, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 23 - 25, 1998, Proceedings by Moshe Sipper, Andres Perez-Uribe

Ontogeny is the explicit mapping of points in genome space to points in phenome space.

Google previewThe Orchid Review (1908)

Ontogeny is a mnemic phenomenon, and evolution in the modern sense is a , change in the ontogenic rhythm. If the rhythm is fixed no new variations .can arise , so that we may ask how the rhythm may be altered. A beech tree may be made to ...

Google previewLearning As Self-organization (2013)

by Karl H. Pribram, Joseph S. King

Morphogenesis Ontogeny is a bridgefromthe genetic code to the phenotype, whereas phylogeny is the sum, or average, of the ontogenies of a givenline. Ontogeny coversa period fromconception to adult structure with no clear boundary ...

Google previewGenetics, Embryology, and Development of Auditory and Vestibular Systems (2011)

by Sherri M. Jones, Timothy A. Jones

Ontogeny is the series of steps. This text was written for first-year students of audiology who may or may not have a significant undergraduate training in the basic sciences. The authors' goal was to provide ...

Google previewThe Language of Early Childhood (2004)

by M.A.K. Halliday

But perhaps the single most salient feature that emerges from a study of linguistic ontogeny is the underpinning of the functional-semantic interpretation of the system. We suggest that the functional contrast of pragmatic/mathetic is a strategy ...

Google previewExplaining Process and Change (1992)

Approaches to Evolutionary Economics by Ulrich Witt

Ontogeny is the developmental history of an organism from fertilized egg to adult, whereas phylogeny is the sequence of ancestor-descendant forms created during the evolutionary history of a taxon. 2. No one seemed to have noticed that ...

Google previewTrees of Life (2013)

Essays in Philosophy of Biology by P.E. Griffiths

Used colloquially, the term ontogeny refers to the empirical collection of events making up known life careers. Certainly, there would appear to be regularities within these empirical collections: tadpoles regularly turn into frogs, and caterpillars ...

Google previewOntogeny and Systematics (1988)

by C. J. Humphries

Ontogeny is the term used to describe the life cycle for the creation of adult organisms from fertilized eggs and is the entire sequence of events involved in the development of an individual organism. Different kingdoms, phyla, and orders of ...

Google previewThe Key to the Great Secret (2013)

Rennes le Chateau, The Holy Grail and The Spear of Human Destiny by T. Findley

'Ontogeny recapitulates Phylogeny' is the Recapitulation Theory of Ernst Haeckel . Ontogeny is the growth and development of individual species and Phylogeny is the evolutionary history of a species. The theory is that as each species ...

Google previewThe Descent of Madness (2007)

Evolutionary Origins of Psychosis and the Social Brain by Community Psychiatrist Nelson Mandela School of Medicine Jonathan Burns, Jonathan Burns

Ontogeny is the brief and rapid recapitulation of phylogeny, dependent on the physiological functions of heredity (reproduction) and adaptation (nutrition). ( Haeckel 1866) Although a prolonged period of juvenile helplessness and dependency ...

Google previewHandbook of Plant and Crop Physiology (2001)

by Mohammad Pessarakli

INTRODUCTION Dicot leaf ontogeny is a complex process that is regulated by a variety of exogenous ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Inland Waters (2009)

Ontogeny. Described. Ontogeny is a term used widely in biology. It refers to the courseof developmentof anindividual organism orfunctional entity such as an ecosystem. Lake ontogenyis thedevelopmental process of a single water body.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Fish Physiology (2011)

From Genome to Environment

edu/ class_info/ fw300/ flashcrd/ ontogeny. gif). Many piscivorous fishes are planktivores as larvae, shift to feeding on benthic prey, and then reach a large ...

Google previewLexicon on Geography of Development (2005)

by Saroj Kumar Pal

ONTOGENY. OF. SPATIAL. DEVELOPMENT. The term "spatial development" is a concept regarding the progressive changes which takes place over time in a bounded area which may be a nation-state (or a region/a sub-nation within the ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (2016)

Psychology, Human development by CTI Reviews

Ontogeny: Ontogeny (also ontogenesis or morphogenesis) istheoriginand the development ofan organism for example: from ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology (2016)

by Harold L. Miller, Jr.

Ontogeny is the time course over which adaptations are designed to operate: Developmental adaptations build organisms via evolved contingency rules (such as in the Anglerfish example), and these developmental processes, in turn, build ...

Google previewLongman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (2013)

by Jack C. Richards, Richard W. Schmidt

for see also TIME ON TASK, EFFECTIVE TEACHING ontogeny ...

Google previewAinsworth & Bisby's Dictionary of the Fungi (2008)

by Geoffrey Clough Ainsworth

1, conidial ontogeny holoblastic, 1 locus per cc, solitary conidia, delimited by 1 septum, maturation by diffuse wall-building, secession schizolytic, no proliferation of cc; 2, conidial ontogeny ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sleep (2012)

Ontogeny: The study of how a living organism develops from conception to birth and across its lifespan. The word, 'ontogeny' comes from the Greek word, ontos ( ὄntoB, a present participle genitive singular neuter of eἶnai, 'to be') and the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Science (Print) (2004)

by Wilson G. Pond

Ontogeny: Adipose Tissue 687 fat cell size and lipogenesis in fetal pig adipose tissue. Hormone-sensitive adipogenesis begins on approximately day 70 of fetal life.[1] Hydrocortisone and thyroxine (T4) are critical for cellular and vascular ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

oneirism ontogeny, psychic that dominance, epigenetic factors are the major determinants of individual differences. See schizophrenia, models of. oneirism Dream state while one is awake; a waking dream. oneir(o) Combining form meaning ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (2016)

Morphology and ontogeny ...

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T Rex ontogeny display - Museum of the Rockies

A Tyrannosaurus rex ontogeny display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.

Ontogeny means "the study of a species as it changes during its growth and life." Many animals not only grow larger, but change shape and add or lose features as they grow older. When it comes to fossils, it's easy to think that a juvenile is a different species. The study of ontogeny is also important because it helps us understand animals as they grow older, and what diseases, problems, or changes their bodies underwent at adults and in old age.

Tyrannosaurs lived from 68 to 66 million years ago. T. rex was the last of the tyrannosaurids (bipedal predators with large skulls and miniscule forearms). On average, a T. rex was about 40 feet in length, 13 feet tall at the hips, and weighed 10.5 tons.

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Scrabble value of O1N1T1O1G2E1N1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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