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acquired characteristic a change in the structure or function of a living organism that is caused by environmental factors and may not be transmitted genetically.
aerie a house or fortified structure located on a height. [1/2 definitions]
air bladder an air-filled sac in various animals and plants, esp. such a structure located near the spine of certain fish that functions to maintain buoyancy by regulating hydrostatic pressure. (See swim bladder.)
ala a wing or winglike part or structure on a living organism.
altar a raised structure, often a table or platform, upon or at which sacrifices or other religious ceremonies are performed.
ambient of music, characterized by sound and pattern rather than distinct notes of melody or rhythmic structure. [2/3 definitions]
amorphous not organized into an obvious structure. [1/2 definitions]
anacoluthon a sudden shift within a sentence from one grammatical structure to another, esp. when done for rhetorical effect.
analogue in biology, an organ or structure similar to another of different evolutionary origin. [1/2 definitions]
anastrophe reversal of the normal sentence structure or word order, as in the sentence "To the battlefield rode they".
anatomical of or pertaining to the structure of a plant or animal. [1/2 definitions]
anatomize to dissect (a plant or animal) in order to examine in detail the structure or location of various parts. [1/2 definitions]
anatomy the structure of an organism or of its parts. [2/4 definitions]
ancien régime (French) the political and social structure of France before the French Revolution in 1789. [1/2 definitions]
angular having a bony structure, as a person's body. [1/3 definitions]
animal a living creature that is generally distinguished from plants by its cellular structure and by the ability to move voluntarily. [1/5 definitions]
annulus a ring-shaped part, structure, or area.
anomie a breakdown or lack of values, norms, or structure in a society. [1/3 definitions]
aqueduct a bridgelike structure designed to carry a waterway or pipe across a river or valley. [1/2 definitions]
arbor vitae the treelike structure of the white matter in the cerebellum when viewed in longitudinal cross section.
arch1 an object or structure that resembles such an element. [1/5 definitions]