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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Biology Not specifically adapted to a particular environment or function; not specialized.
  • adj. Generally prevalent: observed a state of generalized discontent.
  • adj. Medicine Involving an entire organ.
  • adj. Medicine Spreading through or affecting the entire body; not localized: a generalized infection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made more general, less specialized.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of generalize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Comprising structural characters which are separated in more specialized forms; synthetic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Specifically, in biology, common or primitive, as a structure or organism; representing or held to represent a broad or general type of form; synthetic; undifferentiated: the opposite of specialized: as, a lucernarian is or represents a generalized type of hydrozoans; some fossil mammals had a generalized dental formula.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not biologically differentiated or adapted to a specific function or environment

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