preadaptation

[ pree-ad-uh p-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌpri æd əpˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun Biology.

a structure or property that developed in an ancestral stock and was useful in a descendant in a changed environment.

Nearby words

  1. preachment,
  2. preachy,
  3. preacquisition profit,
  4. preadamite,
  5. preadapt,
  6. preadmission,
  7. preadolescence,
  8. preadolescent,
  9. preadult,
  10. preagonal

Origin of preadaptation

First recorded in 1885–90; pre- + adaptation

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Examples from the Web for preadaptation

  • Nothing is more wonderful in history than the unmistakable signs and proofs of preadaptation.

    George Muller of Bristol|Arthur T. Pierson


British Dictionary definitions for preadaptation

preadaptation

/ (ˌpriːædəpˈteɪʃən) /

noun

biology the possession by a species or other group of characteristics that may favour survival in a changed environment, such as the limblike fins of crossopterygian fishes, which are preadaptation to terrestrial life
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