Definition of exaptation in English:


Line breaks: ex|ap¦ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌɛksapˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

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[mass noun] Biology
  • 1The process by which features acquire functions for which they were not originally adapted or selected.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A character or feature which evolved by the process of exaptation.


1980s: from ex-1 + aptation as in adaptation.

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