v. re·ca·pit·u·lat·ed, re·ca·pit·u·lat·ing, re·ca·pit·u·lates
1. To repeat in concise form.
2. Biology To appear to repeat (the evolutionary stages of the species) during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
To make a summary.
[Latin recapitulāre, recapitulāt- : re-, re- + capitulum, main point, heading, diminutive of caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
re·ca·pitu·la′tive, re·ca·pitu·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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