noun, plural: adaptations
(1) The proper fitting of a denture.
(3) The exact adjustment of bands to teeth.
(ecology) According to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, the organisms adapt to their environment to become better fitted to survive and passing their genes on to the next generation.
Word origin: Latin: adaptare = to fit.
Related forms: adaptational (adjective), adapt (verb).
Related terms: general adaptation syndrome, reality adaptation, social adaptation, light adaptation, reproductive adaptation, space adaptation syndrome, dark adaptation, photopic adaptation.