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1: The act or process of adapting: the state of being adapted (his ingenious adaptation of the electric cautery knife -- George Blumer). 2: Adjustment to environmental conditions: as a) adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation b) modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

Published: February 8, 2016