Definition of adaptive
1 : providing, contributing to, or marked by adaptation : arising as a result of adaptation … left ventricular hypertrophy should not be considered solely an adaptive response to an increased ventricular workload. — Edward D. Frohlich et al. An effort to identify the healthy adaptive need that is being met by a patient's behavior can result in increased empathy for the patient. — Thomas O. Brackett; specifically : of, relating to, or being a heritable trait that serves a specifc function and improves an organism's fitness or survival Webbed feet is an adaptive trait in aquatic animals.
2a : designed or intended to assist disabled persons : assistive adaptive devicesb : engaged in by disabled persons with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability adaptive skiingc : participating in a sport with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for disability an adaptive skier
adaptivityplay \ˌa-ˌdap-ˈti-və-tē\ noun
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Medical Definition of adaptive
1: capable of, suited to, or contributing to adaptation … adaptive traits that enhance survival and diversification of species …—Science News 1 Feb. 1986
2a: used to assist a person with a disability in performing a certain task or activity : assistive Adaptive equipment might include Braille keyboards, voice synthesizers and adjustable-height computer tables.—Stuart Gordon, The Modesto (California) Bee, 15 Dec. 1995b: engaged in by disabled persons with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability It is called wheelchair basketball, an adaptive sport for disabled people …—James Nix, The Independent Tribune (Concord, North Carolina), 17 Feb. 2010c: participating in a sport with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability Ever seen those inspirational adaptive skiers cranking down the mountain in their ski chairs, or with a blind skier guide?—Moira McCarthy, The Boston Herald, 10 Jan. 2007
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