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La·marck·ism(lə-mär′kĭz′əm) also La·marck·i·an·ism (-kē-ə-nĭz′əm)
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.]
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La•marck•ism(ləˈmɑr kɪz əm)
the Lamarckian theory that characteristics acquired by habit, use, or disuse may be passed on to future generations through inheritance.
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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
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|Noun||1.||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
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