What is ontogeny?

  • (noun): (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.
    Synonyms: growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogenesis

Ontogeny

Ontogeny (also ontogenesis or morphogenesis) is the origin and the development of an organism – for example: from the fertilized egg to mature form. It covers in essence, the study of an organism's lifespan. The word "ontogeny" comes from the Greek ὄντος, ontos, present participle singular of εἶναι, "to be"; and from the suffix -geny, which expresses the concept of "mode of production". In more general terms, ontogeny is defined as the history of structural change in a unity, which can be a cell, an organism, or a society of organisms, without the loss of the organization which allows that unity to exist. More recently, the term ontogeny has been used in cell biology to describe the development of various cell types within an organism.

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Some articles on ontogeny:

Restoration Ecology - Evolving Concepts - Ontogeny
... The ecology of ontogeny is the study of how ecological relationships change over the lifetime of an individual ...
Recapitulation Theory - Influence - Art Criticism
... several art historians, most prominently musicologist Richard Taruskin, have applied the term "ontogeny becomes phylogeny" to the process of creating and recasting art ... the peculiar development of the works by modernist composer Arnold Schoenberg (here an "ontogeny") is generalized in many histories into a "phylogeny" – a historical development ("evolution") of Western ... Taruskin also developed a variation of the motto into the pun "ontogeny recapitulates ontology" to refute the concept of "absolute music" advancing the socio-artistic theories of Carl Dalhaus ...
History of Phylogenetics - Ernst Haeckel's Recapitulation Theory
... It was often expressed as "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny", i.e ... In fact, ontogeny evolves – the phylogenetic history of a species cannot be read directly from its ontogeny, as Haeckel thought would be possible, but characters from ontogeny ...
Acari - Ontogeny
... Acarine ontogeny typically consists of an egg, a prelarval stage (often absent), a larval stage (hexapod except in Eriophyoidea which have only two pairs of legs), and a series of nymphal stages ...
Ontogeny
... Ontogeny (also ontogenesis or morphogenesis) is the origin and the development of an organism – for example from the fertilized egg to mature form ... The word "ontogeny" comes from the Greek ὄντος, ontos, present participle singular of εἶναι, "to be" and from the suffix -geny, which expresses the ... In more general terms, ontogeny is defined as the history of structural change in a unity, which can be a cell, an organism, or a society of organisms, without the loss of the organization which ...