• (Canada, British) IPA: /ɹiːkəˈpɪtʃʊleɪt/

recapitulate (recapitulates, present participle recapitulating; past and past participle recapitulated)

  1. To summarize or repeat in concise form.
    The entire symphony was recapitulated in the last four bars.
  2. (biology, of an organism) During an individual's development, to pass through stages corresponding to the species' stages of evolutionary development.
    • 1997, G. A. Bray, "Growth of a Molecular Base for Feeding," Obesity Research, vol. 5, no. 3 (May), p. 272:
      Similarly this concept of unity provided a powerful impetus for embryological studies and the idea that fetal development recapitulates the steps of phylogenetic development.
  3. To reproduce or closely resemble (as in structure or function).
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