ontogeny ontogeny  /ɑn ˈtɑ dʒə ni/


  • (n) (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


  1. There's been the wonderful discovery of the Dikika baby which is telling us interesting things about the ontogeny, the growth and development, of our ancestors.
  2. My philosophy prof says that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.
Word of the Day
anachronistic anachronistic
/ə ˌnæ krə ˈnɪ stɪk /