- Biology. the lack of correspondence of apparently similar organic structures as the result of unlike origins of constituent parts.
- Pathology. abnormality; structural difference from a type or normal standard.
Origin of heterology
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Heterology, het-er-ol′oj-i, n. abnormality, want of true morphological affinity.
- Lack of correspondence between bodily parts, as in structure or development, arising from differences in origin.
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