Definition of preadapt in English:

preadapt

Syllabification: pre·a·dapt
Pronunciation: /ˌprēəˈdapt
 
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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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

preadaptation

Pronunciation: /ˈprēˌadˌapˈtāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • The authors speculate that the fusion of polar bodies in the RKK might be a preadaptation to automictic parthenogenesis through central fusion.
  • He suggested that avian ancestors must have incorporated functional preadaptations for flight, yet rejects characters uniting theropods and birds based on grounds of functional similarity.
  • He then lists a number of likely cognitive, social and physiological preadaptations that would need to be in place that would enable, but not squeeze out, language.

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