Definition of orthogenetic in English:

orthogenetic

adjective

Biology
historical
  • See orthogenesis

    • ‘Evolutionary discussions after the publication of the six editions of the Origin and the later works took many shapes, and raised several different lines of inquiry including neo-Lamarckianism and orthogenetic theory.’
    • ‘Most American biologists had a looser expectation - that some progressive, or ‘orthogenetic’, force guided life in certain directions, most notably toward humanity and Anglo-American civilization.’
    • ‘The fuel in his orthogenetic engine is ‘mutation bias’. Mutation produces novel phenotypes, but it does not produce all novel phenotypes in equal frequency in a given population.’
    • ‘Basically, Newell rejected the common view according to which allometry implies nonadaptive, or orthogenetic evolution.’
    • ‘His major work focused on his orthogenetic developmental theory.’

Pronunciation

orthogenetic

/ˌɔːθə(ʊ)dʒəˈnɛtɪk/