counteradaptation

noun coun·ter·ad·ap·ta·tion \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən , -dəp- \
variants: or counter-adaptation
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of counteradaptation

plural counteradaptations or counter-adaptations
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

counteradaptive

or counter-adaptive adjective
    • counteradaptive processes
    • counteradaptive coevolution

First Known Use of counteradaptation

1916


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