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Adaptation vs. Exaptation

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Adaptation

In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly, it is the dynamic evolutionary process that fits organisms to their environment, enhancing their evolutionary fitness.
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Exaptation

Exaptation and the related term co-option describe a shift in the function of a trait during evolution. For example, a trait can evolve because it served one particular function, but subsequently it may come to serve another.
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Adaptation

The act or process of adapting.
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Exaptation

The utilization of a structure or feature for a function other than that for which it was developed through natural selection.
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Adaptation

The state of being adapted.
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Exaptation

The use of a biological structure or function for a purpose other than that for which it initially evolved.
Birds initially developed wings and feathers as a means of heat regulation. The use of wings for flight is an example of exaptation.
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Adaptation

Something, such as a device or mechanism, that is changed or changes so as to become suitable to a new or special application or situation.
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Exaptation

The promotion of meaningless or redundant material so that it does new grammatical (morphosyntactic or phonological) or semantic work.
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Adaptation

A composition that has been recast into a new form
The play is an adaptation of a short novel.
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Adaptation

Change or adjustment in structure or habits by which a species becomes better able to function in its environment, occurring through the course of evolution by means of natural selection.
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Adaptation

A structure or habit that results from this process.
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Adaptation

(Physiology) The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.
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Adaptation

Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.
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Adaptation

(uncountable) The process of adapting something or becoming adapted to a situation; adjustment, modification.
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Adaptation

(countable) A change that is made or undergone to suit a condition or environment.
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Adaptation

The process of change that an organism undergoes to be better suited to its environment.
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Adaptation

An instance of an organism undergoing change, or the structure or behavior that is changed.
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Adaptation

(uncountable) The process of adapting an artistic work from a different medium.
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Adaptation

An artistic work that has been adapted from a different medium.
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Adaptation

(sociology) The means by which social groups adapt to different social and physical environments.
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Adaptation

The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness.
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Adaptation

The result of adapting; an adapted form.
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Adaptation

A written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form;
The play is an adaptation of a short novel
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Adaptation

The process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
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Adaptation

(physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)
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