teleonomy
noun Etymology: teleo- (as in teleology) + -nomy Date: 1958 the quality of apparent purposefulness of structure or function in living organisms due to evolutionary adaptation • teleonomic adjective

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  • Teleonomy — is the quality of apparent purposefulness and of goal directedness of structures and functions in living organisms that derive from their evolutionary history and adaptation for reproductive success. The term was coined to stand in contrast with… …   Wikipedia

  • teleonomy — [tē΄lē än′ə mē, tel΄ēän′ə mē] n. the concept that an organism s structures or functions must have given it an evolutionary advantage teleonomic [tē΄lēə näm′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • teleonomy — teleonomic /tel ee euh nom ik, tee lee /, adj. /tel ee on euh mee, tee lee /, n. Biol. 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] * * * …   Universalium

  • teleonomy — noun The quality of living organisms of seeming to be organized towards the attainment of an end See Also: teleonomist …   Wiktionary

  • teleonomy — The doctrine that life is characterized by endowment with a project or purpose; i.e., the existence in an organism of a structure or function implies that it has had evolutionary survival value. [G. telos, end, + nomos, law] * * * te·le·on·o·my… …   Medical dictionary

  • teleonomy — n. concept that a body or organism s structure has intrinsic value (i.e. enabling the organism to survive) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • teleonomy — tele·on·o·my …   English syllables

  • teleonomy — tel•e•on•o•my [[t]ˌtɛl iˈɒn ə mi, ˌti li [/t]] n. bio bio the principle that the body s structures and functions serve an overall purpose, as in assuring the survival of the organism • Etymology: 1955 60; teleo + nomy tel•e•o•nom•ic ˌtɛl i əˈnɒm… …   From formal English to slang

  • teleonomy — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adaptation — This article is about the evolutionary process. For other uses, see Adaptation (disambiguation). Part of a series on Evolutionary Biology …   Wikipedia

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