vestigial organ


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vestigial organ

An organ retained during evolution but no longer useful, e.g. the human appendix.
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FOR many years, generations of respected scientists have assured us that the human appendix is a vestigial organ, something left over from our evolution.
So it's no surprise we're now being told specifying the type of commerce (e-[electronic] commerce and m- [mobile] commerce) is fast becoming like a vestigial organ; it's simply not necessary anymore.
(2-5) The appendix is situated at the base of the caecum and for many years it is viewed as a vestigial organ with no known function.
The vermouth quotient, once so important to the drink, had been reduced so dramatically that it was practically a vestigial organ - the martini's appendix, if you will.
Although it is widely viewed as a vestigial organ with little known function, recent research suggests that the appendix may serve an important purpose.
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Darwinian theory allowed the prepuce to be stigmatized as a vestigial organ. The advent of asepsis increased the confidence of surgeons and made circumcision safer, although as late as the 1930s, sixteen or so baby boys were dying every year in Britain owing to postoperative complications.