Definition of Homogeny

1. Noun. (biology) similarity because of common evolution.

Generic synonyms: Similarity
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Derivative terms: Homogeneous, Homogenous

Definition of Homogeny

1. n. Joint nature.

Definition of Homogeny

1. Noun. (biology) Similarity in structure, though of different function, because of genetic relationships ¹

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Definition of Homogeny

1. correspondence in form or structure [n -NIES]

Medical Definition of Homogeny

1. 1. Joint nature. 2. The correspondence of common descent; a term used to supersede homology by Lankester, who also used homoplasy to denote any superinduced correspondence of position and structure in parts embryonically distinct (other writers using the term homoplasmy). Thus, there is homogeny between the fore limb of a mammal and the wing of a bird; but the right and left ventricles of the heart in both are only in homoplasy with each other, these having arisen independently since the divergence of both groups from a univentricular ancestor. Origin: Gr.; the same + race, kind. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Homogeny

homogenized milk
homogenous function
homogenous functions
homogenous keratoplasty
homogenous polynomial
homogenous polynomials
homogentisic acid
homogentisic acid oxidase
homogeny (current term)
homograft reaction

Literary usage of Homogeny

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1870)
"It is quite possible to have, on the one hand, developmental homogeny between parts which are not ancestrally* homogenous, and, on the other, ..."

2. The Journal of Science by Calcutta Asiatic Society (1870)
"homogeny and Homoplasy.—In the July number of the 'Annals,' Mr. Ray Lankester proposes to use these terms to signify certain relations of parts in organisms ..."

3. The Journal of Science, and Annals of Astronomy, Biology, Geology by James Samuelson, William Crookes (1870)
"homogeny and Homoplasy.—In the July number of the' Annals,' Mr. Ray Lankester proposes to use these terms to signify certain relations of parts in organisms ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"It is important at once to recognize that the strict 'homogeny' defined by Lankester as that of 'structures which are genetically related in so far as they ..."

5. Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science edited by Biologists Limited, The Company of. (1877)
"It is not, as a rule, sufficiently conceded that homo- plasy is as much a vera causa of structural likeness as homogeny, and that, whilst we pursue the ..."

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