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allometric growth


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A pattern of growth in which it is possible to express the mass or size of any organ or body part in relation to that of the entire organism according to the allometric equation Y = axb where Y is the mass of the organ, x is the mass of the organism, b is the growth coefficient of the organ, and a is a constant. Allometric scaling is a method of data adjustment to allow either for changes in proportion of organs or tissues as the organism grows, or for differences between species of dissimilar size and shape.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.


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