homoplasy [huh-mop-luh-see, hoh-muh-plas-ee, -pley-see, hom-uh-] ExamplesWord Origin noun Biology.

  1. correspondence in form or structure, owing to a similar environment.

Origin of homoplasy First recorded in 1865–70; homo- + -plasy Related formsho·mo·plas·tic [hoh-muh-plas-tik, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈplæs tɪk, ˌhɒm ə-/, adjective Examples from the Web for homoplastic Historical Examples of homoplastic

  • Homoplastic: implies that organs, similar in situation and purpose, are not structurally the same, or have not the same origin.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for homoplastic homoplastic adjective

    1. (of a tissue graft) derived from an individual of the same species as the recipient
    2. another word for analogous (def. 2)

    Derived Formshomoplastically, adverbhomoplasty, nounhomoplasy (ˈhəʊməʊˌpleɪsɪ, ˈhɒm-), noun homoplastic in Medicine homoplastic [hō′mə-plăs′tĭk, hŏm′ə-] adj.

    1. Of, relating to, or derived from another individual of the same species, as of a tissue graft.
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