Lamarckism

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La·marck·ism

 (lə-mär′kĭz′əm) also La·marck·i·an·ism (-kē-ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
A theory of biological evolution holding that the changes occurring in an organism through use and disuse of its body parts in response to environmental change are inherited by its offspring.

[After Chevalier Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck.]

Lamarckism

(lɑːˈmɑːkɪzəm)
n
(Biology) the theory of organic evolution proposed by Lamarck, based on the principle that characteristics of an organism modified during its lifetime are inheritable. See also acquired characteristic, Neo-Lamarckism

La•marck•ism

(ləˈmɑr kɪz əm)

n.
the Lamarckian theory that characteristics acquired by habit, use, or disuse may be passed on to future generations through inheritance.
[1880–85]

Lamarckism

the theory of organic evolution advanced by the French naturalist Lamarck that characteristics acquired by habit, diseases, or adaptations to change in environment may be inherited. — Lamarckian, n., adj.
See also: Evolution
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Lamarckism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that acquired characteristics are transmitted to offspring
evolutionism, theory of evolution, theory of organic evolution - (biology) a scientific theory of the origin of species of plants and animals
Neo-Lamarckism - a modern Lamarckian theory emphasizing the importance of environmental factors in genetic changes and retaining the notion of the inheritance of acquired characters
Translations
lamarckisme
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