homoplasy

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noun ho·mo·pla·sy \ˈhō-mə-ˌplā-sē, ˈhä-, -ˌpla-; hō-ˈmä-plə-sē\

Definition of homoplasy

  1. :  correspondence between parts or organs acquired as the result of parallel evolution or convergence

1870

First Known Use of homoplasy

1870


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homoplasy

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noun ho·mo·pla·sy \ˈhō-mə-ˌplā-sē, ˈhäm-ə-, -ˌplas-ē; hō-ˈmäp-lə-sē\

Medical Definition of homoplasy

  1. :  correspondence between parts or organs acquired as the result of parallel evolution or convergence


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