[ huh-mol-uh-jee, hoh- ]
/ həˈmɒl ə dʒi, hoʊ- /
noun, plural ho·mol·o·gies.
the state of being homologous; homologous relation or correspondence.
- a fundamental similarity based on common descent.
- a structural similarity of two segments of one animal based on a common developmental origin.
Chemistry. the similarity of organic compounds of a series in which each member differs from its adjacent compounds by a fixed increment, as by CH2.
Mathematics. a classification of figures according to certain topological properties.
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Homology is still determined by position, by connections, in the embryo as in the adult.Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
British Dictionary definitions for homology
/ (həʊˈmɒlədʒɪ) /
noun plural -gies
the condition of being homologous
chem the similarities in chemical behaviour shown by members of a homologous series
zoology the measurable likenesses between animals, as used in grouping them according to the theory of cladistics
Word Origin for homology
C17: from Greek homologia agreement, from homologos agreeing; see homologate
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Scientific definitions for homology
[ hə-mŏl′ə-jē ]
A homologous relationship or correspondence.
The relation of the chemical elements of a periodic family or group.
The relation of the organic compounds forming a homologous series.
A topological classification of configurations into distinct types that imposes an algebraic structure or hierarchy on families of geometric figures.
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