von Baer's law

noun
\ vä|nˈba(a)(ə)rz-, fə|, və|, -be(ə)rz- \

Definition of von Baer's law

: a principle in biology: the development of an organism proceeds from the general to the special and embryos belonging to various classes closely resemble one another in their earlier stages but diverge more and more as development proceeds — compare recapitulation theory

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History and Etymology for von Baer's law

after Karl E. von Baer †1876 Estonian embryologist

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“Von Baer's law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/von%20Baer%27s%20law. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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