on·​to·​ge·​net·​ic ˌän-tə-jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce ontogenetic (audio)
: of, relating to, or appearing in the course of ontogeny
: based on visible morphological characters
ontogenetically adverb

Examples of ontogenetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The complete causal explanation of paraphilia will require both a phylogenetic (phylismic) and an ontogenetic (life-history) component. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2014 So to ferret out the truth about the idea that baby snakes are more dangerous, the technical term for what scientists are looking for are ontogenetic changes in venom potency. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2017 Correlation between ontogenetic dietary shifts and venom variation in Australian brown snakes (Pseudonaja). Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2017 Whether referring to hormone levels or limb proportions, scientists refer to the physiological shifts that occur as an individual grows up as ontogeny or ontogenetic changes. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2017

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First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ontogenetic was in 1869

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“Ontogenetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ontogenetic. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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on·​to·​ge·​net·​ic -jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce ontogenetic (audio)
: of, relating to, or appearing in the course of ontogeny
ontogenetic variation
ontogenetically adverb
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