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heterology

[het-uh-rol-uh-jee]
noun
  1. Biology. the lack of correspondence of apparently similar organic structures as the result of unlike origins of constituent parts.
  2. Pathology. abnormality; structural difference from a type or normal standard.
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Origin of heterology

First recorded in 1850–55; hetero- + -logy
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Historical Examples

  • Heterology, het-er-ol′oj-i, n. abnormality, want of true morphological affinity.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

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heterology in Medicine

heterology

(hĕt′ə-rŏlə-jē)
n.
  1. Lack of correspondence between bodily parts, as in structure or development, arising from differences in origin.
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