Definition of plasticity in English:



  • 1The quality of being easily shaped or moulded.

    ‘fine clay, at the right degree of plasticity, is more useful’
    • ‘The hydrodynamic effect makes more probable the induction of plasticity after calcium ions flow in.’
    • ‘This arrangement could enable increased plasticity in the evolution of transpositional variation in the vertebrate body plan.’
    • ‘We will now summarize some of the work which suggests that, indeed, the spinal cord has some remarkable degree of plasticity.’
    • ‘His work spans the fields of auditory perception, cortical plasticity and disorders such as dyslexia and focal dystonia.’
    • ‘Whether this is due to decreased plasticity in the auditory cortex or in the language areas of the cortex is not known.’
    • ‘Experiments that examine genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity in trees are often limited in replication or restricted to early seedling stages.’
    • ‘So for us this has demonstrated to us a degree of plasticity that we have never known before the brain capable of.’
    • ‘Guard cell plasticity or, more exactly, plasticity in transpiration is clearly physiological plasticity.’
    • ‘In this case, phenotypic plasticity and not genetic uniqueness confer disparate leaf morphology.’
    • ‘Thus, the brain shows considerable plasticity for development of language capacity in young children.’
    • ‘There is no experimental evidence so far that phenotypic plasticity allows plants to adapt cuticular permeance to changes in evaporative demand.’
    • ‘Morphological plasticity is common in clonal plants, particularly in spacers, those parts of clonal plants that interconnect ramets.’
    • ‘Such a description should include reference to the particle size distribution of the soil, plasticity, colour, texture, and mineral composition.’
    • ‘The degree of F-actin plasticity has remained one of the main unknowns of cell migration mechanics.’
    • ‘Selection experiments have even targeted the degree of phenotypic plasticity of particular traits.’
    • ‘A certain degree of plasticity in physiological traits is ubiquitous among plants.’
    • ‘This phenomenon may reflect plasticity of the central nervous system, which is well recognized during early development.’
    • ‘The plasticity of the auditory system is currently thought to be at its maximum below the age of 2 years.’
    • ‘However, predictions of optimal plasticity assume no cost to plasticity and sufficient genetic variance.’
    • ‘We hope these papers will fuel continued interest in the puzzling patterns of thermal plasticity and guide future efforts to reveal their causes.’
    malleability, softness, pliancy, pliability, flexibility, suppleness, ductility
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  • 2Biology
    The adaptability of an organism to changes in its environment or differences between its various habitats.

    • ‘This confers a high level of architectural plasticity on the grapevine, enabling it to respond to environmental conditions.’
    • ‘Such dynamic conditions require plasticity in behavior as a means of tracking environmental change.’
    • ‘As distinct from Upogebia, callianassids display a high degree of behavioral plasticity.’
    • ‘Alliaria petiolata displays plasticity to varied habitat conditions including levels of shading.’
    • ‘This plasticity allows an organism to adjust continually to changing daylength as the seasons of the year progress.’