Wednesday, December 10, 2008
homologous adjective [huh-MOL-uh-guhs; hoh-] corresponding in position, proportion, structure, value, or other property
Definitions for homologous
- corresponding in position, proportion, structure, value, or other property
- in biology, corresponding in type of structure and in origin but not necessarily in appearance or function
- in chemistry, belonging to a series where successive members differ regularly in formula, especially a series of organic compounds differing by multiples of CH2, such as the alcohols and aldehydes
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Citations for homologous
A human hand, a bird's wing and a whale's flipper are all homologous structures, she explains, in that each represents an evolutionary modification of the same ancestral limb structure.
Ingeniously, out of a wide scholarship, Author Heard traces the homologous development of caps and cathedrals, mitres and mosques-15,000 years in a book of 150 pages that scholars will find an interesting tour-de-force, men of letters a most scholarly little tract.