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1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc. Despise wealth and imitate a dog. (Cowlay)

2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character, colour, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to counterfeit; to copy. A place picked out by choice of best alive The natures work by art can imitate. (Spenser) This hand appeared a shining sword to weild, And that sustained an imitated shield. (Dryden)

3. (Science: biology) to resemble (another species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object) in form, colour, ornamentation, or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one in colour and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates, in colour, one having secretion offensive to birds.

Origin: L. Imitatus, p. P. Of imitari to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. Image.

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Evolution of fireflies

... the most females. And, with any successful trait, there may be others that take advantage of them. There are actually predatory fireflies that imitate the flash pattern of other fireflies - attracting them to their death. Evolution is fascinating!

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by thoffnagle
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution of fireflies
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Re: antibiotics vs antibacterial drugs..

... are nowadays also chemically produced and provided by an antibodies supplier for the purpose of research. Humankind more and more tries to imitate the body's mechanisms to fight viral and bacterial infections.

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by Xaolou
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: antibiotics vs antibacterial drugs..
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need detailed information on the life of mitochondrion

Mitochondria imitate much like bacterial cells. So these acquiring of too large, they feel fission. Mitochondrion- powerhouse of the cell- creats ATP-energy Chloroplast- small important.

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by philipsteele
Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:44 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: need detailed information on the life of mitochondrion
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Re: Poisoned by antibiotics...can anyone help?

... most doctors don't know anything about zoonotic illness so they tend to be hopeless with patients having zoonotic vector-borne diseases that can imitate many other more pedestrian illnesses. Good luck!

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by sux2bme
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Poisoned by antibiotics...can anyone help?
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Evolution of Faith

... the documentary Ape Genius, they discussed what "held chimpanzee's back." One of the causes provided was that apes are able to copy and imitate, but they are not able to learn; furthermore, it doesn't appear that the are able cumulate on their skills and tools. Humans, on the other hand, ...

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by HappyProletariat
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution of Faith
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