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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Recent Examples on the Web This adaptive radiation played out most dramatically in Mexico and Central America, where about 40 percent of all the world's oaks reside. Andrew L. Hipp, Scientific American, "How Oak Trees Evolved to Rule the Forests of the Northern Hemisphere," 15 July 2020

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Adaptive radiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adaptive%20radiation. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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adaptive radiation

noun

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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