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One of two or more words (commonly words of the same language) which are equivalents of each other; one of two or more words which have very nearly the same signification, and therefore may often be used interchangeably.

See synonymous.

All languages tend to clear themselves of synonyms as intellectual culture advances, the superfluous words being taken up and appropriated by new shades and combinations of thought evolved in the progress of society. (De Quincey)

His name has thus become, throughout all civilized countries, a synonym for probity and philanthropy. (Macaulay)

In popular literary acceptation, and as employed in special dictionaries of such words, synonyms are words sufficiently alike in general signification to be liable to be confounded, but yet so different in special definition as to require to be distinguished.

Origin: F. Synonyme, L. Synonyma, pl. Of synonymum, Gr. See Synonymous.

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Re: Increasing Information For Genetic Algorithm

... tendency will be for the selection of DNA better adapted to the new environment. That "better" DNA can be encoded as any number of "synonyms", which yield the same proteins, but which may have different susceptibilities to mutation. If the new selective pressure is constant ...

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Re: Multicellular prokaryote

... I would be careful defining 'multicellular' as 'having a specific, heritable body plan' unless you want 'multicellular' and 'eukaryotic' to be synonyms; I don't think we need any synonyms in the sciences. In eukaryotic organisms, this is accomplished by differentiation of cell types. Differentiated ...

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Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:51 pm
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... the crime was committed by that person. So faith and belief are in themselves two different concepts although they are very very often used as synonyms. Now I don't argue from a point of belief, nor indeed in matters of science do I argue from a point of faith. What I will try and explain tomorrow ...

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Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:04 pm
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"Golgi" in the cells

... along with Golgi complex. They refer to the same organelle that processes macromolecules and is part of the endomembrane system. These terms are synonyms, just as plasma membrane and phospholipid bilayer are.

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by Jordanw21
Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Cell Biology
Topic: "Golgi" in the cells
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did you try searching Nemantanthus genus instead of Hypocyrta? they are synonyms and maybe you can find more information in that way. i think the pollinatior is a hummingbird

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by peacebone
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:21 am
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Pollinator
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