recapitulation theory re·ca·pit·u·la·tion theory (rē'kə-pĭch'ə-lā'shən)
See biogenetic law.
Their recapitulation theory was part and parcel of the same general idea.
In the very name, "fundamental law of biogeny," which I have given to my recapitulation theory, I claim that it is universal.
This recapitulation theory, like all others, has since been carried to an extreme.
It is interesting to note a formulation in somewhat confused language of the recapitulation theory.
The recapitulation theory originated as a deduction from the evolution theory and as a deduction it still remains.
In the first place it must be noted that the recapitulation theory is itself a deduction from the theory of evolution.
The recapitulation theory makes the child pass through the evolutionary stages of the nation or nations he represents.
Here we certainly have an advance; but at bottom the recapitulation theory may also be conceived as a modification of that proof.