verb[with object] Biology
Adapt (an organism or part of an organism) for life in conditions it has yet to encounter: the insulation of marine mammals in temperate seas preadapts them for polar seas
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- Future research should focus on such traits of cowbird relatives and on how these traits preadapted a particular lineage to become parasites.
- Such genes would, therefore, appear to be preadapted to regulate the expression of the related gene through an antisense mechanism; this is a function that is entirely unlike that of the original gene.
- Because all the known theropods were terrestrial predators, he suggested that the flight feathers must have elongated in the context of insect traps and were later preadapted for flight.
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