Biology. the principle that the body's structures and functions serve an overall purpose, as in assuring the survival of the organism.
1955–60; teleo- + -nomy
- tel·e·o·nom·ic [tel-ee-uh-nom-ik, tee-lee‐], /tɛl i əˈnɒm ɪk, ˌti li‐/, adjective
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