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Related to recapitulation: recapitulation theory
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.