homeostasis n. [Gr. homoios, like; stasis, a placing] Tendency of a system to maintain a dynamic equilibrium; when disturbed the animal's own regulatory mechanisms will restore equilibrium.
homeostrophic a. [Gr. homoios, like; strophe, turn] (MOLL: Gastropoda) Having whorls of the teloconch and the proto-conch coiled in the same direction.
homeotely n. [Gr. homoios, like; telos, end, finish] Evolution from homologous parts which have no resemblance to the original structure; homeotic mutant.
homeotype n. [Gr. homoios, like; typos, type] Taxonomic type for a specimen that has been compared with the holotype by another author and determined to be conspecific with it.
homeotypic a. [Gr. homoios, like; typos, type] Referring to the second meiotic division.
homing ability The ability permitting return to the original point of departure.
homo- for those not found here, see homeo-.
homoallelic a. [Gr. homos, same; allelon, reciprocal] Genes having mutations at the same site; homoallelic pairs do not yield recombinants. see heteroallelic.
homoblastic a. [Gr. homos, same; blastos, bud] Similar organs arising from similar germ layers in different species; having direct embryonic development. see heteroblastic.
homochrome a. [Gr. homos, same; chroma, color] Having one color or hue. see heterochrome.
homochromy n. [Gr. homos, same; chroma, color] 1. Of the same or uniform color. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) A phenomenon in which certain insects tend to have a general resemblance to the prevailing color of the environment. see anticryptic color.
homodactyl a. [Gr. homos, same; daktylos, finger] (ARTHRO) Pertaining to a claw similar in shape to the lateral claws (ungues). see heterodactyl.
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