[huh-mop-luh-see, hoh-muh-plas-ee, -pley-see, hom-uh-]

noun Biology.

correspondence in form or structure, owing to a similar environment.

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


[hō′mə-plăstĭk, hŏm′ə-]


Of, relating to, or derived from another individual of the same species, as of a tissue graft.
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