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[koh-ad-uh p-tey-shuh n] /ˌkoʊ æd əpˈteɪ ʃən/
Biology. the correlation of structural or behavioral characteristics in two or more interacting organisms in a community or organs in an organism resulting from progressive accommodation by natural selection.
Also called integration. Genetics. the accumulation in a population's gene pool of genes that interact by harmonious epistasis in the development of an organism.
Origin of coadaptation
1830-40; co- + adaptation
Related forms
coadaptational, adjective
coadaptationally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In other words, there must be coadaptation of all the parts, otherwise these larger horns would be an incumbrance and useless.

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • It is obvious that even the problem of coadaptation in sterile animals can thus be satisfactorily explained.

  • Harmonious adaptation (coadaptation) has here been active in a high degree, and yet these "soldiers" are sterile!

  • The problem of coadaptation is no easier in the case of the ant than in the case of the Giant Stag.

  • It is, therefore, of the highest importance to gain a clear insight into the means of modification and coadaptation.

coadaptation in Medicine

coadaptation co·ad·ap·ta·tion (kō'ād-āp-tā'shən)
The joint correlated changes in two or more interdependent organs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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coadaptation in Science
The reciprocal adaptation of two or more genetically determined features through natural selection. Coadaptation can occur between interacting genes or structures within an organism or between two or more interacting species.
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