Definition of covariation in English:

covariation

noun

Mathematics
  • [mass noun] Correlated variation.

    • ‘The unexplained covariation, C stochastic, refers to the lack of fit of the data to the model.’
    • ‘Competition also provides a mechanistic basis for understanding asymmetries and negative covariation in the sizes of different structures.’
    • ‘How can we account for such genetic variation and covariation of traits within the present framework?’
    • ‘The need for a new term was also because of the possible confusion between covarion and covariation, which could be completely unrelated to heterotachy.’
    • ‘In a flexible variance-components framework, modeling such covariation as a covariance component in our analyses is straightforward.’

Pronunciation:

covariation

/ˌkəʊvɛːrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/