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ANALOGOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does analogous mean? 

ANALOGOUS (adjective)
  The adjective ANALOGOUS has 2 senses:

1. similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
2. corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin

  Familiarity information: ANALOGOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANALOGOUS (adjective)


Sense 1analogous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar

Synonyms:

analogous; correspondent

Context examples:

brains and computers are often considered analogous / salmon roe is marketed as analogous to caviar

Similar:

similar (marked by correspondence or resemblance)


Sense 2analogous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin

Context example:

the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird are analogous

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Antonym:

heterologous (not corresponding in structure or evolutionary origin)

homologous (having the same evolutionary origin but serving different functions)


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