teleonomy

noun

tel·​e·​on·​o·​my ˌte-lē-ˈä-nə-mē How to pronounce teleonomy (audio)
ˌtē-
: the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms due to evolutionary adaptation
teleonomic adjective

Word History

Etymology

teleo- (as in teleology) + -nomy

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teleonomy was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Teleonomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teleonomy. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

teleonomy

noun
te·​le·​on·​o·​my ˌtel-ē-ˈän-ə-mē How to pronounce teleonomy (audio) ˌtēl- How to pronounce teleonomy (audio)
plural teleonomies
: the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms that derives from their evolutionary adaptation
teleonomic adjective
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