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analogy

 [ah-nal´o-je]

the quality of being analogous; resemblance or similarity in function or appearance, but not in origin or development.

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analogy

(ə-năl′ə-jē)

n. pl. analo·gies

Biology Correspondence in function or position between organs of dissimilar evolutionary origin or structure.

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analogy

(a-nal’o-je) [Gr. analogos, analogy, proportion]

1. Likeness between similar features of two things, allowing a comparison.

2. In biology, similarity in function but difference in structure or origin.

See: homology

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