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Noun: recapitulation  ,ree-ku,pi-chu'ley-shun
  1. Emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
    - palingenesis
  2. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated
  3. A summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
    - recap, review
  4. (music) the repetition of themes introduced earlier (especially when one is composing the final part of a movement)

Derived forms: recapitulations

Type of: capitulation, composing, composition, development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny, section, subdivision

Antonym: caenogenesis

Encyclopedia: Recapitulation