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1. Of or relating to characteristics of two or more species that have evolved through mutually beneficial interactions between the species.
2. Of or relating to alleles at two or more genetic loci that have become established because they are beneficial in combination with each other, but not with other alleles.

co′ad·ap·ta′tion (-ăd-ăp-tā′shən) n.


the state of two or more things adapting to one another


(ˌkoʊ æd əpˈteɪ ʃən)

1. the correlation of characteristics in two or more interacting organisms or organs resulting from progressive accommodation by natural selection.
2. Also called integration. the accumulation in a population's gene pool of genes that interact by harmonious epistasis in the development of an organism.
co`ad•ap•ta′tion•al, adj.
co`ad•ap•ta′tion•al•ly, adv.
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We see these beautiful co-adaptations most plainly in the woodpecker and missletoe; and only a little less plainly in the humblest parasite which clings to the hairs of a quadruped or feathers of a bird; in the structure of the beetle which dives through the water; in the plumed seed which is wafted by the gentlest breeze; in short, we see beautiful adaptations everywhere and in every part of the organic world.
In the essay, they make a notable distinction between teleonomy, which may be ascribed to all biological processes that imply forms of co-adaptation but not built-in goals, and teleology, which concerns processes that have goals which are built-in and necessarily nested in the constitution of an organism (p.
The work in BioMot is founded on the idea that new interactive technologies, if based on a unified theoretical framework would enable positive co-adaptation of humans and wearable robots.