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adaptation

noun ad·ap·ta·tion \ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən, -dəp-\

: something that is adapted; especially : a movie, book, play, etc., that is changed so that it can be presented in another form

: a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to live in a particular place or situation

: the process of changing to fit some purpose or situation : the process of adapting

Full Definition of ADAPTATION

1
:  the act or process of adapting :  the state of being adapted
2
:  adjustment to environmental conditions: as
a :  adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation
b :  modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment
3
:  something that is adapted; specifically :  a composition rewritten into a new form
ad·ap·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
ad·ap·ta·tion·al·ly adverb
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Examples of ADAPTATION

  1. His stage adaptation of the novel was a success.
  2. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same title.
  3. The insect's evolutionary adaptations enable it to be almost invisible even when sitting in the middle of a leaf.
  4. a tool designed for easy adaptation

First Known Use of ADAPTATION

1610

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

Rhymes with ADAPTATION

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vindication, violation, visitation, weather station
ADAPTATIONAL Defined for Kids

adaptation

noun ad·ap·ta·tion \ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of ADAPTATION for Kids

1
:  the act or process of changing to better suit a situation
2
:  a body part or feature or a behavior that helps a living thing survive and function better in its environment
Medical Dictionary

adaptation

noun ad·ap·ta·tion \ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən, -əp-\

Medical Definition of ADAPTATION

1
:  the act or process of adapting :  the state of being adapted <his ingenious adaptation of the electric cautery knife to…surgery—George Blumer>
2
:  adjustment to environmental conditions: as a :  adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation b :  modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment—compare adjustment 1b
ad·ap·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective
ad·ap·ta·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb

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