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punctuated equilibriumnoun [ U ]

/ˈpʌŋk.tʃuː.eɪ.tɪd iː.kwɪˌlɪb.ri.əm/ /ˈpʌŋk.tʃuː.eɪ.t̬ɪd iː.kwɪˌlɪb.ri.əm/ specialized

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punctuated equilibriumnoun [ U ]

/ˈpʌŋk·tʃuˌeɪ·tɪd ˌi·kwəˈlɪb·ri·əm/

biology a theory of evolution (= change in the development of living things) that claims that change happens suddenly over short periods of time followed by long periods of no change

(Definition of “punctuated equilibrium” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)