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[uh-nal-uh-guh s] /əˈnæl ə gəs/
having analogy; corresponding in some particular:
A brain and a computer are analogous.
Biology. corresponding in function, but not evolved from corresponding organs, as the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird.
1640-50; < Latin analogus < Greek análogos proportionate, equivalent to ana- ana- + lóg(os) ratio + -os adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
analogously, adverb
analogousness, noun
nonanalogous, adjective
nonanalogously, adverb
nonanalogousness, noun
unanalogous, adjective
unanalogously, adverb
unanalogousness, noun
Can be confused
analogous, analogical.
1. similar, alike, like, comparable, akin.
1. dissimilar. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for analogous
  • Eller skillfully parallels these challenges in the main character's analogous difficulties with employment, finances and family.
  • The therapy is analogous to an ice pack for the spine.
  • There is an equivalent show for designers, though, that might be analogous to projects in engineering classes.
  • Growing inequality is analogous to global warming.
  • She was a great observer of children, and to her the television screen was analogous to the mother's face in infancy.
  • It is analogous to the amplification of sound by a sounding board.
  • They are not analogous if one is accurate and one is not.
  • Bubba has never heard of meditation, but surmises it is analogous to fishing.
  • That situation is in no way analogous to the current one.
  • He said the teachers' union had agreed to analogous changes in work rules.
British Dictionary definitions for analogous


similar or corresponding in some respect
(biology) (of organs and parts) having the same function but different evolutionary origin: the paddle of a whale and the fin of a fish are analogous Compare homologous (sense 4)
(linguistics) formed by analogy: an analogous plural
Derived Forms
analogously, adverb
analogousness, noun
Usage note
The use of with after analogous should be avoided: swimming has no event that is analogous to (not with) the 100 metres in athletics
Word Origin
C17: from Latin analogus, from Greek analogos proportionate, from ana- + logos speech, ratio
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Word Origin and History for analogous

1640s, from Latin analogus, from Greek analogos "proportionate, according to due proportion" (see analogy).

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analogous in Medicine

analogous a·nal·o·gous (ə-nāl'ə-gəs)
Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.

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analogous in Science
  1. Similar in function but having different evolutionary origins, as the wings of a butterfly and the wings of a bird.

  2. Similar in chemical properties and differing in chemical structure only with respect to one element or group.

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