homeosis

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homeosis (uncountable)

  1. (pathology) the formation of a normal plant or animal structure or organ in place of another at an abnormal site; the transformation of one body part to another.
  2. (archaic) Usage of similitude in rhetoric; drawing a conclusion from similarity of two objects of study.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      Quoth Hudibras, I smell a rat; \ Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate: \ For though the thesis which thou lay'st \ Be true, ad amussim, as thou say'st; \ For that bear-baiting should appear, \ Jure divino, lawfuller \ Than synods are, thou dost deny \ Totidem verbis; so do I: \ Yet there's a fallacy in this; \ For if by sly homœosis, \ Thou wouldst sophistically imply \ Both are unlawful, I deny.

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