discontinuous variation

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discontinuous variation

n.
Variation within a population in which few or no phenotypes fall between the extremes.
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Coke, applies it to law: 'Natura non facit saltus, ita nec lex.' Coke upon Littleton, pp.
Consequently, in each type of neoplasm, the inconstant occurrence of the diagnostic features and their possible variable expressivity do not tend to produce 2 sharply distinct classes of lesions, but rather a morphologic spectrum (natura non facit saltus).