• WordNet 3.6
    • n phylogenesis (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Phylogenesis The history of genealogical development; the race history of an animal or vegetable type; the historic exolution of the phylon or tribe, in distinction from ontogeny, or the development of the individual organism, and from biogenesis, or life development generally.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phylogenesis Same as phytogeny.
    • n phylogenesis The doctrine of the generation of plants.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. tribe + E. genesis, or root of Gr. gi`gnesqai to be born


In literature:

It summarises the history of species; ontogenesis, we are told, reproduces phylogenesis.
"A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson" by Edouard le Roy
A similar connection determines the relation between ontogenesis and phylogenesis.
"Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex" by Sigmund Freud
We have concentrated the full force of our discussion upon an example drawn from phylogenesis.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson