- classification of organisms based on measurable similarities and differences rather than genetic makeup and evolutionary descent.
Origin of phenetics
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- (functioning as singular) biology a system of classification based on similarities between organisms without regard to their evolutionary relationships
C20: from phen (otype) + (gen) etics
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