Use the adjective analogous to describe something that is similar to something else and can be compared to another.

Analogous things can be compared to each other, so a near synonym is the adjective comparable. Analogous is a term used in biology to refer to body parts that have a similar function but differ in structure, such as the wings of a bird and the wings of an airplane. Analogous is from Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, meaning "according to a proper ratio or proportion."

Definitions of analogous

adj similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar

“brains and computers are often considered analogous
“salmon roe is marketed as analogous to caviar”
marked by correspondence or resemblance

adj corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin

“the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird are analogous
having the same evolutionary origin but not necessarily the same function
heterologic, heterological, heterologous
not corresponding in structure or evolutionary origin
homologic, homological
similar in evolutionary origin but not in function
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