mimetic

[mi-met-ik, mahy-]

adjective

characterized by, exhibiting, or of the nature of imitation or mimicry: mimetic gestures.
mimic or make-believe.

Nearby words

  1. mimbar,
  2. mime,
  3. mimeo,
  4. mimeograph,
  5. mimesis,
  6. mimetism,
  7. mimetite,
  8. mimi,
  9. mimic,
  10. mimic panel

Origin of mimetic

1625–35; < Greek mīmētikós imitative, equivalent to mīmē- (see mimesis) + -tikos -tic

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British Dictionary definitions for mimetic

mimetic

adjective

of, resembling, or relating to mimesis or imitation, as in art, etc
biology of or exhibiting mimicry
Derived Formsmimetically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for mimetic

mimetic

adj.

1630s, "having an aptitude for mimicry," from Greek mimetikos "imitative, good at imitating," from mimetos, verbal adjective of mimeisthai "to imitate." Originally of persons, attested of animals or plants from 1851. Related: Mimetical (1610s); mimetically.

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Medicine definitions for mimetic

mimetic

[mĭ-mĕtĭk, mī-]

adj.

Of or exhibiting mimicry.
Of or relating to mimesis.
Related formsmi•meti•cal•ly adv.


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