coun·​ter·​ad·​ap·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce counteradaptation (audio) , -dəp- \
variants: or counter-adaptation
plural counteradaptations or counter-adaptations

Definition of counteradaptation

1 : adaptation of an organism (as in modification of behavior, physiology, or form) in response to an adaptation of another organism with which it regularly interacts counteradaptation of insect pests in response to novel defensive chemicals produced by plant hosts also : a favorable trait that arises as a result of counteradaptation counteradaptations serving as a selective force to future change
2 : opposition to the effect of a drug or stimulus that is hypothesized to develop in an organism as a mechanism to maintain homeostasis

Other Words from counteradaptation

counteradaptive or counter-adaptive adjective
counteradaptive processes counteradaptive coevolution

First Known Use of counteradaptation

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Counteradaptation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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