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heterology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heterology (biology) the lack of correspondence of apparently similar body parts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heterology (Biol) The absence of correspondence, or relation, in type of structure; lack of analogy between parts, owing to their being composed of different elements, or of like elements in different proportions; variation in structure from the normal form; -- opposed to homology.
    • Heterology (Chem) The connection or relation of bodies which have partial identity of composition, but different characteristics and properties; the relation existing between derivatives of the same substance, or of the analogous members of different series; as, ethane, ethyl alcohol, acetic aldehyde, and acetic acid are in heterology with each other, though each in at the same time a member of a distinct homologous series. Cf. Homology.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heterology Abnormality; want or absence of homology or true morphological affinity; structural difference from a type or normal standard. Thus, cancer-cells exhibit heterology in comparison with healthy tissues.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heterology het-er-ol′oj-i abnormality, want of true morphological affinity
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hetero-, + -logy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. heteros, other, logia, relation.

Usage


In news:

Vaccination with live oral heterologous rotavirus vaccines may prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis.
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In science:

Call all words that do not describe themselves “heterological.” Now ask yourself if “heterological” is heterological.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
This is exactly what is meant by g (−) 6= f (−, a) for all adjectives a. “Heterological” is not the only adjective that is in this subset.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
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