Medical Dictionary


noun te·le·on·o·my \ˌtel-ē-ˈän-ə-mē, ˌtēl-\
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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