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Definition of Analogous

Analogous: In anatomy, similar in appearance or function but otherwise different. Two structures may be analogous if they serve the same purpose but differ evolutionary in origin as, for example, human and insect legs. As compared to homologous.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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