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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or exhibiting homoplasy.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or derived from a different individual of the same species: a homoplastic graft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to homoplasy.
  • adj. Of, or relating to the transplantation of tissue between individuals of the same species.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to homoplasty

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In biology and botany, molded alike, or constructed in the same manner, but not having the same origin; analogical or adaptive, and not homological, in structure; homomorphous in texture: distinguished from homogenous or homogenetic. Also homoplasmic.


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  • Autoplastic and homoplastic transplantations of arteries and veins may, therefore, be adopted in surgical practice for those cases in which it is necessary to reestablish the continuity of an artery.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • After that I endeavoured to ascertain to what extent the organs fulfilled their functions, according as the transplantations were autoplastic or homoplastic.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • We also succeeded in performing the first homoplastic transplantation of the kidney, which consisted in grafting both kidneys of one dog "en masse" on to another dog.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • If the transplanted segment is from the same animal, or from another animal of the same kind, or from a different kind of animal, the transplantations are autoplastic, homoplastic or heteroplastic respectively.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • In the homoplastic transplantations the clinical evolution showed the same results, but all the muscular fibres disappeared more or less rapidly.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • In homoplastic transplantations the appearance of the vessel also remained normal.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • These can be divided into two classes - autoplastic transplantations and homoplastic transplantations.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • I have performed many venous transplantations, both autoplastic and homoplastic.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • Serial homologues so formed might be called, as Mr. Ray Lankester has proposed, "homoplastic."

    On the Genesis of Species

  • He proposes to call the structures which resemble each other in distinct animals, owing to their descent from a common progenitor with subsequent modification, homogenous; and the resemblances which cannot thus be accounted for, he proposes to call homoplastic.

    XIV. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology-Embryology-Rudimentary Organs. Morphology


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