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biogenetic law

biogenetic law in Medicine

biogenetic law n.
The theory that the stages in an organism's embryonic development and differentiation correspond to the stages of evolutionary development characteristic of the species. Also called Haeckel's law, law of recapitulation, recapitulation theory.

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  • The biogenetic law applies just as much to the brain, the organ of mind, as to any other organ of the human body.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • On its relation to Haeckel's biogenetic law, see below, p. 255.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • The general application of the biogenetic law to all classes of animals and plants has been proved in my Systematische Phylogenie.

  • We can understand, therefore, why the biogenetic law is not so generally recognized by botanists as by zoologists.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • Components of even greater complexity may also be distinguished, as, for instance, the biogenetic law.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Both departments become accessible to monism and a mechanico-causal explanation by means of the biogenetic law.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • I have called it "the biogenetic law," and will constantly appeal to it in the course of this study.

  • It is here that the superficial agreement of the biogenetic law with the law of von Baer comes in.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • For Gegenbaur it had a very definite evolutionary meaning—he subscribed to the evolutionary form of it, the biogenetic law.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • From the side also of descriptive morphology the biogenetic law underwent a critical revision.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

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