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Modularity

A mode of organization in which a network of interacting parts is subdivided into relatively autonomous yet still connected units.

References:

Wagner, G.P., Pavlicev, M. and J.M. Cheverud. (2007). “The road to modularity.” Nature Reviews Genetics 8:921–931.

Allied Concepts:
Evolvability, Plasticity, Regulation (Biological), Robustness