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ad·ap·ta·tion  audio  (dp-tshn) KEY 

    1. The act or process of adapting.
    2. The state of being adapted.
    1. Something, such as a device or mechanism, that is changed or changes so as to become suitable to a new or special application or situation.
    2. A composition that has been recast into a new form: The play is an adaptation of a short novel.
  1. Biology An alteration or adjustment in structure or habits, often hereditary, by which a species or individual improves its condition in relationship to its environment.
  2. Physiology The responsive adjustment of a sense organ, such as the eye, to varying conditions, such as light intensity.
  3. Change in behavior of a person or group in response to new or modified surroundings.

adap·tation·al(Adjective), adap·tation·al·ly(Adverb)

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