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paralogy

Line breaks: par¦al|ogy
Pronunciation: /pəˈralədʒi
 
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Definition of paralogy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1 Genetics The state of being paralogous.
Example sentences
  • This shows that the acquisition of catalase activity, whether by paralogy or by lateral acquisition of genes, will usually lead to a better performance of aerobic organisms.
  • Second, in the study of Baldauf et al., hidden paralogy can be problematic, since many paralogs exist within animals for three of the four genes used (actin, and - and ß-tubulins) and finding the correct orthologs is difficult.
  • We analyzed the concatenated alignment of previously available amino acid sequences, although the possibility of paralogy could not be completely excluded.
2Paralogical reasoning.
Example sentences
  • Lyotard sees reason not as a universal and immutable human faculty or principle but as a specific and variable human production; "paralogy" for him means the movement against an established way of reasoning.

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