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1    the act or process of adapting or the state of being adapted; adjustment  
2    something that is produced by adapting something else  
3    something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs  
4      (Biology)   an inherited or acquired modification in organisms that makes them better suited to survive and reproduce in a particular environment  
5      (Physiol)   the decreased response of a sense organ to a repeated or sustained stimulus  
6      (Psychol)   (in learning theory) the weakening of a response to a stimulus with repeated presentation of the stimulus without reinforcement; applied mainly to innate responses  
7      (Social welfare)   alteration to a dwelling to make it suitable for a disabled person, as by replacing steps with ramps  

chromatic adaptation  
      n     (Botany)   the alteration by photosynthesizing organisms of the proportions of their photosynthetic pigments in response to the intensity and colour of the available light, as shown by algae in the littoral zone, which change from green to red as the zone is descended  
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1    adjustment, alteration, change, conversion, modification, refitting, remodelling, reworking, shift, transformation, variation, version  
2    acclimatization, accustomedness, familiarization, habituation, naturalization  

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