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Pronunciation:  `adup'teyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)
  2. [n]  a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form; "the play is an adaptation of a short novel"
  3. [n]  the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

ADAPTATION is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: adjustment, version
 See Also: acclimation, acclimatisation, acclimatization, adjustment, alteration, biological process, dark adaptation, dedifferentiation, differentiation, domestication, light adaptation, modernization, modification, organic process, piece of writing, specialisation, specialization, versification, writing, written material



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ad`ap*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. adaptation, LL.
1. The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state
   of being adapted or fitted; fitness. ``Adaptation of the
   means to the end.'' --Erskine.

2. The result of adapting; an adapted form.

Biology Dictionary
  1. The physiological process through which an organism grows accustomed to a new environment. In microbial cultures, this can involve enzymatic changes that allow it to use an new nutrient source for energy.
  2. The condition of showing fitness for a particular environment, as applied to characteristics of a structure, function or entire organism; a modification of a species that makes it more fit for reproduction and/or existence under the conditions of its environment.
 Definition: changes in gene frequencies resulting from selective pressures being placed upon a population by environmental factors; results in a greater fitness of the population to its ecological niche.
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