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recapitulation theory

recapitulation theory in Medicine

recapitulation theory re·ca·pit·u·la·tion theory (rē'kə-pĭch'ə-lā'shən)
n.
See biogenetic law.

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biogenetic law

postulation, by Ernst Haeckel in 1866, that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny-i.e., the development of the animal embryo and young traces the evolutionary development of the species. The theory was influential and much-popularized earlier but has been of little significance in elucidating either evolution or embryonic growth.

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