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Allometry

  • Definition: A relative increase in a part of an organism or a measure of its physiology or behavior in relation to some other measure, usually its overall size.

    Source: Ricklefs, Robert E (2001). The Economy of Nature (5th Edition).

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    Allometry, also called biological scaling, in biology, the change in organisms in relation to proportional changes in body size. An example of allometry can be seen in mammals. Ranging from the mouse to the elephant, as the body gets larger, in general hearts beat more slowly, brains get bigger, bones get proportionally shorter and thinner, and life spans lengthen.