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at•a•vism



Pronunciation: (at'u-viz"um), [key]
n.
1. Biol.
a. the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations.
b. an individual embodying such a reversion.
2. reversion to an earlier type; throwback.

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