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stereotypy

Line breaks: stereo|typy
Pronunciation: /ˈstɛrɪə(ʊ)ˌtʌɪpi
 
, ˈstɪə-/

Definition of stereotypy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The persistent repetition of an act, especially by an animal, for no obvious purpose: the most common abnormal behaviour among zoo animals is stereotypy
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  • However, recent studies on a wide variety of amphibian species have revealed great diversity in feeding mechanics and kinematics, and illustrate that stereotypy is the exception rather than the rule in amphibian feeding.
  • Much evolutionary diversification of feeding mechanics and motor control has occurred and it is likely that stereotypy is a derived feature of amphibian feeding.
  • As seen in toads, stereotypy may indicate that proprioceptive or reflex feedback is needed to control a particular biomechanical system.

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