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plasticity

Line breaks: plas|ti¦city
Pronunciation: /plaˈstɪsɪti
 
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Definition of plasticity in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The quality of being easily shaped or moulded: fine clay, at the right degree of plasticity, is more useful
More example sentences
  • Selection experiments have even targeted the degree of phenotypic plasticity of particular traits.
  • Such a description should include reference to the particle size distribution of the soil, plasticity, colour, texture, and mineral composition.
  • The hydrodynamic effect makes more probable the induction of plasticity after calcium ions flow in.
Synonyms
2 Biology The adaptability of an organism to changes in its environment or differences between its various habitats.
Example sentences
  • This plasticity allows an organism to adjust continually to changing daylength as the seasons of the year progress.
  • Alliaria petiolata displays plasticity to varied habitat conditions including levels of shading.
  • Such dynamic conditions require plasticity in behavior as a means of tracking environmental change.

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