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mimic

[mim-ik] /ˈmɪm ɪk/
verb (used with object), mimicked, mimicking.
1.
to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
2.
to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.
3.
to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
noun
4.
a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.
5.
a copy or imitation of something.
6.
a performer in a mime.
adjective
7.
imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale:
a mimic battle.
8.
apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin mīmicus < Greek mīmikós. See mime, -ic
Related forms
mimicker, noun
unmimicked, adjective
Synonyms
1. follow, mock; impersonate; simulate, counterfeit. 7. mock, simulated.
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  • Then notice how the soothing palette mimics the sparkle and cool, watery blue of a swimming pool or water feature.
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  • Researchers have to continuously adjust these factors until the model best mimics real data collected from infected areas.
  • Fireflies may not mate normally near incandescent light because it mimics the spectrum they create when they light up.
  • Such mimics are imperfect, but fortunately so is butterfly vision.
British Dictionary definitions for mimics

mimic

/ˈmɪmɪk/
verb (transitive) -ics, -icking, -icked
1.
to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape: known mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
2.
to take on the appearance of; resemble closely: certain flies mimic wasps
3.
to copy closely or in a servile manner
noun
4.
a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
5.
an animal that displays mimicry
adjective
6.
of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
7.
simulated, make-believe, or mock
Derived Forms
mimicker, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimosmime
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Word Origin and History for mimics

mimic

n.

1580s, "a mime," from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime."

v.

1680s, from mimic (n.). Related: Mimicked; mimicking.

adj.

1590s, from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," verbal adjective from mimeisthai "to mimic, imitate, portray by means of imitation" (see mimeograph).

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mimics in Medicine

mimic mim·ic (mĭm'ĭk)
v. mim·icked, mim·ick·ing, mim·ics

  1. To resemble closely; simulate.

  2. To take on the appearance of.


mim'ic adj. & n.
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Related Abbreviations for mimics

MIMIC

microwave/millimeter wave monolithic integrated circuit
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