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homomorphism

[hoh-muh-mawr-fiz-uh m, hom-uh-] /ˌhoʊ məˈmɔr fɪz əm, ˌhɒm ə-/
noun
1.
Biology. correspondence in form or external appearance but not in type of structure or origin.
2.
Botany. possession of perfect flowers of only one kind.
3.
Zoology. resemblance between the young and the adult.
4.
Mathematics. an into map between two sets that preserves relations between elements.
Also, homomorphy.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; homo- + -morph + -ism
Related forms
homomorphous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for homomorphous

homomorphism

/ˌhəʊməʊˈmɔːfɪzəm; ˌhɒm-/
noun
1.
(biology) similarity in form
Derived Forms
homomorphic, homomorphous, adjective
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homomorphous in Science
homomorphism
  (hō'mə-môr'fĭz'əm, hŏm'ə-)   
A transformation of one set into another that preserves in the second set the operations between the members of the first set.
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Encyclopedia Article for homomorphous

homomorphism

(from Greek homoios morphe, "similar form"), a special correspondence between the members (elements) of two algebraic systems, such as two groups, two rings, or two fields. Two homomorphic systems have the same basic structure, and, while their elements and operations may appear entirely different, results on one system often apply as well to the other system. Thus, if a new system can be shown to be homomorphic to a known system, certain known features of one can be applied to the other, thereby simplifying the analysis of the new system

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