recapitulation(redirected from recapitulations)
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the theory formulated by E.H. Haeckel that people during their embryonic development pass through stages similar in general structural plan to the stages their species passed through in its evolution; more technically phrased, the theory that ontogeny is an abbreviated recapitulation of phylogeny.
1. The act or process of recapitulating.
2. A summary or concise review.
3. See biogenesis.
4. Music Restatement or reworking of the exposition in the tonic, constituting the third and final section of the typical sonata form.