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Medical Term:

recapitulation theory


the theory formulated by E.H. Haeckel that people during their embryonic development pass through stages similar in general structural plan to the stages their species passed through in its evolution; more technically phrased, the theory that ontogeny is an abbreviated recapitulation of phylogeny.

Synonym(s): biogenetic law, law of biogenesis, Haeckel law, law of recapitulation

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