analogous

[ uh-nal-uh-guhs ]
/ əˈnæl ə gəs /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. analogical,
  2. analogion,
  3. analogism,
  4. analogist,
  5. analogize,
  6. analogous color,
  7. analogue,
  8. analogue clock,
  9. analogue recording,
  10. analogue-digital converter

Origin of analogous

1640–50; < Latin analogus < Greek análogos proportionate, equivalent to ana- ana- + lóg(os) ratio + -os adj. suffix; see -ous

Related forms
Can be confusedanalogous analogical

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British Dictionary definitions for analogous

analogous

/ (əˈnæləɡəs) /

adjective

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

usage

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

analogous

adj.

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

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Medicine definitions for analogous

analogous

[ ə-nălə-gəs ]

adj.

Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.

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Science definitions for analogous

analogous

[ ə-nălə-gəs ]

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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