convergence

[ kuh n-vur-juh ns ]
/ kənˈvɜr dʒəns /

noun

Also con·ver·gen·cy (for defs 1–3).

Origin of convergence

First recorded in 1705–15; converg(ent) + -ence
Related formsnon·con·ver·gence, nounnon·con·ver·gen·cy, nounre·con·ver·gence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for convergence

convergence

/ (kənˈvɜːdʒəns) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for convergence

convergence


n.

1713, from converge + -ence. Related: Convergent. Convergent evolution was in use among biologists by 1890.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for convergence

convergence

[ kən-vûrjəns ]

n.

The process of coming together or the state of having come together toward a common point.
Such a gathering at a single preganglionic motor neuron of several postganglionic motor neurons.
The coordinated turning of the eyes inward to focus on an object at close range.
The adaptive evolution of superficially similar structures, such as the wings of birds and insects, in unrelated species subjected to similar environments.convergent evolution
The movement of cells from the periphery of the embryo toward the midline during gastrulation.
Related formscon•verge v.con•vergent adj.
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Science definitions for convergence

convergence

[ kən-vûrjəns ]

Mathematics The property or manner of approaching a limit, such as a point, line, or value.
Biology The evolution of superficially similar structures in unrelated species as they adapt to similar environments. Examples of convergence are the development of fins independently in both fish and whales and of wings in insects, birds, and bats. Also called convergent evolution Compare divergence.
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