recapitulation

noun re·ca·pit·u·la·tion \ ˌrē-kə-ˌpi-chə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of recapitulation

1 : a concise summary
2 : the hypothetical occurrence in an individual organism's development of successive stages resembling the series of ancestral types from which it has descended so that the ontogeny of the individual retraces the phylogeny of its group
3 : the third section of a sonata form

Examples of recapitulation in a Sentence

  1. will begin his presentation with a recapitulation of the research done on the disease up to this point

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First Known Use of recapitulation

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Dictionary

recapitulation

noun re·ca·pit·u·la·tion \ ˌrē-kə-ˌpich-ə-ˈlā-shən \

medical Definition of recapitulation

: the supposed repetition in the development of the individual of its phylogenetic history — see recapitulation theory


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