adaptive radiation

noun

Definition of adaptive radiation 

: evolutionary diversification of a generalized ancestral form with production of a number of adaptively specialized forms

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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adaptive radiation

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Medical Definition of adaptive radiation 

: evolutionary diversification of a generalized ancestral form with production of a number of adaptively specialized forms

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