allometry

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al·lom·e·try

 (ə-lŏm′ĭ-trē)
n.
1. The disproportionate growth of a part or parts of an organism as the organism changes in size.
2. The study of such growth.

al′lo·met′ric (ăl′ə-mĕt′rĭk) adj.

allometry

(əˈlɒmɪtrɪ)
n
1. (Biology) the study of the growth of part of an organism in relation to the growth of the entire organism
2. (Biology) a change in proportion of any of the parts of an organism that occurs during growth
allometric adj

al•lom•e•try

(əˈlɒm ɪ tri)

also al•loi•om•e•try

(ˌæl ɔɪˈɒm-)

n.
1. growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole organism or some other part of it.
2. the measurement or study of this growth.
[1935–40]
al•lo•met•ric (ˌæl əˈmɛ trɪk) adj.
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Noun1.allometry - the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the wholeallometry - the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole
discipline, field of study, subject area, subject field, bailiwick, subject, field, study - a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
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Niklas (2005) conducted a study using a large database (1406 data entries for 257 species) and found that the scaling exponent for non-woody plants and juvenile woody species agreed reasonably well with an isometric scaling relationship.
Isometric scaling of above-and below-ground biomass at the individual and community levels in the understorey of a sub-tropical forest.
Although most physiological traits scale allometrically in unitary organisms, it has been hypothesized that modularity allows for isometric scaling in colonial modular taxa.