teleonomy

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

Definition of teleonomy 

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

Other Words from teleonomy

teleonomic \ˌte-​lē-​ə-​ˈnä-​mik, ˌtē-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of teleonomy

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teleonomy

teleo- (as in teleology) + -nomy

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teleonomy

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

Medical Definition of teleonomy 

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

Other Words from teleonomy

teleonomic \ˌtel-​ē-​ə-​ˈnäm-​ik, ˌtēl-​ \ adjective

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