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1. (Medicine) med relating to corrective procedures designed to promote healthy development
2. (Biology) of or relating to orthogenesis
ˌorthoˈgenically adv
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(ˌɔr θəˈdʒɛn ɪk)

of, concerned with, or providing corrective treatment for mentally retarded or disturbed children.
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Second, there is Werner's (1957) orthogenic principle of development.
Treuenfels [12] observed that the inclination of the atlas is associated with sagittal j aw position in that the anterior arch of the atlas shows a more cranial position in progenic compared to orthogenic patients.
For example, Heinz Werner (1957) proposed that human development follows the orthogenic principle of movement from globality, to differentiation, to hierarchical integration.
Bruno Bettelheim (1967), who headed the University of Chicago's Orthogenic School, supported the psychoanalytic dissection of the parent-child relationship resulting in the blamethe-parent mentality which carried over into the speculation about the cause of autism.
Washington, Dec 5 (ANI): Scientists from South Africa have shown that naked mole rate sperms have become simple and degenerate, probably due to "orthogenic" (straight line) evolution.
Leo Kanner (1949) described a syndrome he labeled "early infantile autism," and Bruno Bettelheim established the Orthogenic School for severely disturbed children in Chicago.
Hobhouse's term for societal change in the direction of social improvement (or "progress") was "orthogenic evolution," which would occur, he thought, via "the gradual replacement of instinct by reason" (Hobhouse 1915a:5, 9).