Congenital defect of growth with underdevelopment of parts or organs of the body. [hypo- + G. genesis, origin]
- polar h. a less than normal degree of development at the cephalic or caudal extremity of the embryo.

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hy·po·gen·e·sis -'jen-ə-səs n, pl -e·ses -.sēz
1) direct development without alternation of generations
2) underdevelopment esp. of an organ or function
hy·po·ge·net·ic -jə-'net-ik adj

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hy·po·gen·e·sis (hi″po-jenґə-sis) [hypo- + -genesis] defective embryonic growth or development. hypogenetic adj

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