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Adaptations

Structures and functions that help organisms adapt to their environment

TermDefinition
Adaptation an inherited trait (structure) or learned behavior that helps an organism survive in its environment.
Structure a body part that does a particular job for an organism; helps it survive in its environment.
Function the purpose or job a particular structure does for an organism.
Environment all of the living and nonliving elements in a particular area.
Survive continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship
Inherited Traits characteristics of an organism that are passed on from parent to offspring (one generation to the next).
Learned Behavior the actions or reactions of an organism in response to it's environment; a behavior that develops from observation or instruction.
Offspring a living organism that is made when a plant or animal reproduces
Instinct a pattern of behavior a species passes on to its offspring
heredity the passing on of traits and physical features from parents to children; one generation to the next.
camouflage physical characteristics that allow an organism to blend into its environment which helps it survive.
mimicry looking like or resembling another organism to increase chances of survival in an environment.
nocturnal being awake, eating, moving at night and sleeping during daytime.
dormant a phase of minimal activity; resting
hibernate a deep sleep-like state of inactivity in animals in which body processes slow down
migration to move from one place to another in search of food, water, or different temperature
species a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of reproducing.
Created by: rhenderson517