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[hol-uh-tahyp, hoh-luh-] /ˈhɒl əˌtaɪp, ˈhoʊ lə-/
noun, Biology.
the type specimen used in the original description of a species.
Origin of holotype
First recorded in 1895-1900; holo- + -type
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[hol-uh-tip-ik, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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(biology) another name for type specimen
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holotypic (ˌhɒləˈtɪpɪk) adjective
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holotype in Medicine

holotype hol·o·type (hŏl'ə-tīp', hō'lə-)
The specimen used as the basis of the original published description of a taxonomic group and later designated as the type specimen.

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holotype in Science
  (hŏl'ə-tīp', hō'lə-)   
The single specimen or illustration designated as the type for naming a species or subspecies or used as the basis for naming a species or subspecies when no type has been selected. Also called type species.
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