Definitions of Dysteleology

  1. The doctrine of purposelessness; a term applied by Haeckel to that branch of physiology which treats of rudimentary organs, in view of their being useless to the life of the organism.
  2. Haeckel's doctrine of purposelessness in nature.

Usage examples for Dysteleology

  1. I confess, however, that it has often appeared to me that the facts of Dysteleology cut two ways. – The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer by John Gerard
  2. Professor Haeckel has invented a new and convenient name, " Dysteleology," for the study of the " purposelessnesses" which are observable in living organisms- such as the multitudinous cases of rudimentary and apparently useless structures. – Critiques and Addresses by Thomas Henry Huxley