allometry

noun

al·​lom·​e·​try ə-ˈlä-mə-trē How to pronounce allometry (audio)
: relative growth of a part in relation to an entire organism or to a standard
also : the measure and study of such growth
allometric adjective

Examples of allometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If an animal's limb or organ grows out of proportion with the rest of its body, scientists call that allometry. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

allo- + -metry

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of allometry was in 1912

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“Allometry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allometry. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

allometry

noun
al·​lom·​e·​try ə-ˈläm-ə-trē How to pronounce allometry (audio)
plural allometries
: relative growth of a part in relation to an entire organism or to a standard
also : the measure and study of such growth
allometric adjective
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