teleonomy


tel·e·on·o·my

noun \ˌte-lē-ˈä-nə-mē, ˌtē-\

Definition of TELEONOMY

:  the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms due to evolutionary adaptation
tel·e·o·nom·ic \ˌte-lē-ə-ˈnä-mik, ˌtē-\ adjective

Origin of TELEONOMY

teleo- (as in teleology) + -nomy
First Known Use: 1958

Rhymes with TELEONOMY

te·le·on·o·my

noun \ˌtel-ē-ˈän-ə-mē, ˌtēl-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural te·le·on·o·mies

Medical Definition of TELEONOMY

: the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms that derives from their evolutionary adaptation
te·le·o·nom·ic \ˌtel-ē-ə-ˈnäm-ik, ˌtēl-\ adjective

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