acclimatory

adjective ac·clim·a·to·ry \ ə-ˈklī-mə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of acclimatory

:of or relating to the physiological adjustment made by an organism to a change in its immediate environment
  • Land plants … have developed sophisticated mechanisms that allow for both immediate and acclimatory responses to changing environments.
  • —Stanislaw KarpinskiScience23 Apr. 1999
  • … when compared with fish and other ectothermic animals, amphibians appear to have less capacity for acclimatory change …
  • —Robert E. Ricklefs and Gary L. MillerEcology2000

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