Biological meaning

  1. The repetition by a single organism of various stages in the evolution of its species during embryonic development.
  2. The phase in the development of an organism in which its form and structure pass through the changes undergone in the evolution of the species.
  3. The emergence -during embryonic development of an individual life form- of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species.

 In biology, Palingenesis (or palingenesia) is also called Recapitulation.

CPER uses this biological meaning.

Theological meaning

  1. Ancient Greek: the continual re-creation of the universe by the Demiurgus (Creator) after its absorption into himself.
  2. Christianity: spiritual rebirth symbolized by baptism.
  3. In general: the concept of rebirth, reincarnation or re-creation.


Related concepts

Compare with: Ontogenesis , Phylogenesis .

Phylogeny relates to genetic development of a species during evolution, while Ontogeny relates to physiological (and psychological) development of an individual during his / her lifetime. Phylogenesis: long-term time scale. Ontogenesis:  short-term time scale.

Palingenesis assumes that a fetus undergoes a condensed reflection of genetic evolutional traits (cf. phylogeny), during the embryonic development of this organism (cf. ontogeny).


Linguistic derivation

The term Palingenesis is derived from the ancient Greek word palingenesia (παλιγγενεσία) that exists of the terms palin (πάλιν), meaning "again", plus the term genesis (γένεσις) meaning "origin", "source", or "birth".

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