Homoplastic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Homoplastic Of or pertaining to homoplasty; as, homoplasticorgans; homoplastic forms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • homoplastic In biology and botany, molded alike, or constructed in the same manner, but not having the same origin; analogical or adaptive, and not homological, in structure; homomorphous in texture: distinguished from homogenous or homogenetic. Also homoplasmic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Homoplastic hō-mō-plas′tik analogical or adaptive, and not homological in structure
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Homo-, + plastic,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. homos, the same, plastos, plassein, to form.

Usage

In literature:

Homoplastic: implies that organs, similar in situation and purpose, are not structurally the same, or have not the same origin.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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