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Related to coadaptation: coaptation splint


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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Nevertheless, such a conclusion, even if well founded, would be unsatisfactory, until it could be shown how the innumerable species inhabiting this world have been modified, so as to acquire that perfection of structure and coadaptation which most justly excites our admiration.
It is, therefore, of the highest importance to gain a clear insight into the means of modification and coadaptation.
The author of the 'Vestiges of Creation' would, I presume, say that, after a certain unknown number of generations, some bird had given birth to a woodpecker, and some plant to the misseltoe, and that these had been produced perfect as we now see them; but this assumption seems to me to be no explanation, for it leaves the case of the coadaptations of organic beings to each other and to their physical conditions of life, untouched and unexplained.
I will use an experimental approach to manipulate the nature of the association between the ants and bacteria, to test specific questions about coadaptation, partner fidelity, and specificity in pathogen defence something that is relatively uniquely possible with this system.