teleonomy

teleonomy

[tel-ee-on-uh-mee, tee-lee‐]
noun
Biology. the principle that the body's structures and functions serve an overall purpose, as in assuring the survival of the organism.

Origin:
1955–60; teleo- + -nomy

teleonomic [tel-ee-uh-nom-ik, tee-lee‐] , adjective
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