Abbreviation in Biology

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Abbreviation in Biology

 

the shortening of individual development in organs or their parts. The term was introduced by B. S. Matveev in 1930; A. N. Severtsov called this phenomenon negative anabolism. Abbreviation occurs when the final formative states of ontogeny are dropped, leading to the underdevelopment or reduction of organs in descendants.

REFERENCE

Severtsov, A. N. Sobr. soch., vol. 5. Moscow-Leningrad, 1950.
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