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  1. having analogy; corresponding in some particular: A brain and a computer are analogous.

  2. Biology. corresponding in function, but not evolved from corresponding organs, as the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird.

Origin of analogous

First recorded in 1640–50; from Latin analogus, from Greek análogos “proportionate,” equivalent to ana- ana- + lógos “ratio”

Other words for analogous

Opposites for analogous

Other words from analogous

  • a·nal·o·gous·ly, adverb
  • a·nal·o·gous·ness, noun
  • non·a·nal·o·gous, adjective
  • non·a·nal·o·gous·ly, adverb
  • non·a·nal·o·gous·ness, noun
  • un·a·nal·o·gous, adjective
  • un·a·nal·o·gous·ly, adverb
  • un·a·nal·o·gous·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with analogous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use analogous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for analogous


/ (əˈnæləɡəs) /

  1. similar or corresponding in some respect

  2. biology (of organs and parts) having the same function but different evolutionary origin: the paddle of a whale and the fin of a fish are analogous Compare homologous (def. 4)

  1. linguistics formed by analogy: an analogous plural

Origin of analogous

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

usage For analogous

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

Derived forms of analogous

  • analogously, adverb
  • analogousness, noun

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Scientific definitions for analogous


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  1. Similar in function but having different evolutionary origins, as the wings of a butterfly and the wings of a bird.

  2. Similar in chemical properties and differing in chemical structure only with respect to one element or group.

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