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[huh-mop-luh-see, hoh-muh-plas-ee, -pley-see, hom-uh-]
noun Biology.
  1. correspondence in form or structure, owing to a similar environment.
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Origin of homoplasy

First recorded in 1865–70; homo- + -plasy
Related formsho·mo·plas·tic [hoh-muh-plas-tik, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈplæs tɪk, ˌhɒm ə-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Homoplastic: implies that organs, similar in situation and purpose, are not structurally the same, or have not the same origin.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for homoplastic


  1. (of a tissue graft) derived from an individual of the same species as the recipient
  2. another word for analogous (def. 2)
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Derived Formshomoplastically, adverbhomoplasty, nounhomoplasy (ˈhəʊməʊˌpleɪsɪ, ˈhɒm-), noun
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homoplastic in Medicine


(hō′mə-plăstĭk, hŏm′ə-)
  1. Of, relating to, or derived from another individual of the same species, as of a tissue graft.
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