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mimetic

[mi-met-ik, mahy-]
adjective
  1. characterized by, exhibiting, or of the nature of imitation or mimicry: mimetic gestures.
  2. mimic or make-believe.
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Origin of mimetic

1625–35; < Greek mīmētikós imitative, equivalent to mīmē- (see mimesis) + -tikos -tic
Related formsmi·met·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·mi·met·ic, adjectivenon·mi·met·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mi·met·ic, adjectiveun·mi·met·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for non-mimetic

Historical Examples of non-mimetic

  • In some of the orb-weaving spiders the males mimic ants, while the much larger females are non-mimetic.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • On the other hand a non-mimetic female accompanied by a mimetic male is excessively rare.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • Its advantage as compared with the non-mimetic form will be very much less.

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • For the present we may consider one of these factors, X, which involves the proportion of mimetic to non-mimetic forms.

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • Actually for P. polytes the decrease would not be so marked because the male is non-mimetic.

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett


British Dictionary definitions for non-mimetic

mimetic

adjective
  1. of, resembling, or relating to mimesis or imitation, as in art, etc
  2. biology of or exhibiting mimicry
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Derived Formsmimetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-mimetic in Medicine

mimetic

(mĭ-mĕtĭk, mī-)
adj.
  1. Of or exhibiting mimicry.
  2. Of or relating to mimesis.
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Related formsmi•meti•cal•ly adv.
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