having analogy; corresponding in some particular: A brain and a computer are analogous.
Biology. corresponding in function, but not evolved from corresponding organs, as the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird.

Origin of analogous

1640–50; < Latin analogus < Greek análogos proportionate, equivalent to ana- ana- + lóg(os) ratio + -os adj. suffix; see -ous
Related formsa·nal·o·gous·ly, adverba·nal·o·gous·ness, nounnon·a·nal·o·gous, adjectivenon·a·nal·o·gous·ly, adverbnon·a·nal·o·gous·ness, nounun·a·nal·o·gous, adjectiveun·a·nal·o·gous·ly, adverbun·a·nal·o·gous·ness, noun
Can be confusedanalogous analogical

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British Dictionary definitions for analogous



similar or corresponding in some respect
biology (of organs and parts) having the same function but different evolutionary originthe paddle of a whale and the fin of a fish are analogous Compare homologous (def. 4)
linguistics formed by analogyan analogous plural
Derived Formsanalogously, adverbanalogousness, noun

Word Origin for analogous

C17: from Latin analogus, from Greek analogos proportionate, from ana- + logos speech, ratio


The use of with after analogous should be avoided: swimming has no event that is analogous to (not with) the 100 metres in athletics
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Word Origin and History for analogous

1640s, from Latin analogus, from Greek analogos "proportionate, according to due proportion" (see analogy).

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analogous in Medicine




Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.
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analogous in Science



Similar in function but having different evolutionary origins, as the wings of a butterfly and the wings of a bird.
Similar in chemical properties and differing in chemical structure only with respect to one element or group.
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