teleonomy

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noun tel·e·on·o·my \ˌte-lē-ˈä-nə-mē, ˌtē-\

Definition of teleonomy

  1. :  the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms due to evolutionary adaptation

teleonomic

play \ˌte-lē-ə-ˈnä-mik, ˌtē-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of teleonomy

teleo- (as in teleology) + -nomy


First Known Use: 1958


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teleonomy

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noun te·le·on·o·my \ˌtel-ē-ˈän-ə-mē, ˌtēl-\

Medical Definition of teleonomy

plural

teleonomies

  1. :  the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms that derives from their evolutionary adaptation

teleonomic

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