postulated by American sociologist Sale Dannefer, the false presumption that anything which appears like a typical trend or pattern of modifications with age is a primary, normative part of aging.

ONTOGENETIC FALLACY: "Ontogenetic fallacy points out that handicaps in elder years are not normal parts of progressive aging just because they are more common in the elder period of life."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ONTOGENETIC FALLACY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/ontogenetic-fallacy/ (accessed April 18, 2021).