orthogenesis


orthogenesis

noun

  1. Biology.
    1. Also called orthoselection.evolution of a species proceeding by continuous structural changes in a single lineage without presenting a branching pattern of descent.
    2. a theory that the evolution of a species in a continuous, nonbranching manner is due to a predetermined series of alterations intrinsic to the species and not subject to natural selection.
  2. Sociology. a hypothetical parallelism between the stages through which every culture necessarily passes, in spite of secondary conditioning factors.

noun

  1. biology
    1. evolution of a group of organisms predetermined to occur in a particular direction
    2. the theory that proposes such a development
  2. the theory that there is a series of stages through which all cultures pass in the same order

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