biogenetic law


biogenetic law

noun

Definition of BIOGENETIC LAW

:  the theory of ontogenetic recapitulation

First Known Use of BIOGENETIC LAW

1882

biogenetic law

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BIOGENETIC LAW

: a theory of development much disputed in biology: an organism passes through successive stages resembling the series of ancestral types from which it has descended so that the ontogeny of the individual is a recapitulation of the phylogeny of the group

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