ontogenesis

Definitions of ontogenesis
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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

Synonyms:
development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogeny
Antonyms:
nondevelopment
failure of normal development to occur
Types:
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culture
(biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)
amelogenesis
the developmental process of forming tooth enamel
angiogenesis
the formation of new blood vessels
apposition
(biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material
auxesis
growth from increase in cell size without cell division
anthesis, blossoming, efflorescence, florescence, flowering, inflorescence
the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, kainogenesis, kenogenesis
introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (such as the addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution)
cohesion
(botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals)
cultivation
the process of fostering the growth of something
cytogenesis, cytogeny
the origin and development and variation of cells
foliation, leafing
(botany) the process of forming leaves
fructification
the bearing of fruit
gametogenesis
the development and maturation of sex cells through meiosis
germination, sprouting
the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
habit
the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)
infructescence
the fruiting stage of the inflorescence
intussusception
(biology) growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposit of new particles between existing particles in the cell wall
juvenescence
the process of growing into a youth
life cycle
the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced
masculinisation, masculinization, virilisation, virilization
the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction)
morphogenesis
differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism)
myelinisation, myelinization
the development of a myelin sheath around a nerve fiber
neurogenesis
the development of nerve tissues
palingenesis, recapitulation
emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
proliferation
growth by the rapid multiplication of parts
psychogenesis
a general term for the origin and development of almost any aspect of the mind
psychogenesis
the development in the life of an individual of some disorder that is caused by psychological rather than physiological factors
psychomotor development
progressive acquisition of skills involving both mental and motor activities
psychosexual development
(psychoanalysis) the process during which personality and sexual behavior mature through a series of stages: first oral stage and then anal stage and then phallic stage and then latency stage and finally genital stage
rooting
the process of putting forth roots and beginning to grow
suppression
the failure to develop some part or organ
dentition, odontiasis, teething
the eruption through the gums of baby teeth
teratogenesis
the development of defects in an embryo
vegetation
the process of growth in plants
starter
a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough
oogenesis
development of ova
precocious dentition
teething at an earlier age than expected
spermatogenesis
development of spermatozoa
Type of:
biological process, organic process
a process occurring in living organisms

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