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[fahy-loj-uh-nee] /faɪˈlɒdʒ ə ni/
the development or evolution of a particular group of organisms.
the evolutionary history of a group of organisms, especially as depicted in a family tree.
Also, phylogenesis
[fahy-luh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌfaɪ ləˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/ (Show IPA)
Compare ontogeny.
Origin of phylogeny
1865-70; phylo- + -geny
Related forms
[fahy-luh-juh-net-ik] /ˌfaɪ lə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
phylogenetical, phylogenic, adjective
phylogenetically, adverb
phylogenist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for phylogenic
Historical Examples
  • The answer is found in the fact that this is the order of change174 in the phylogenic series.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • Surely these words exhibit the "phylogenic series" in all its native, unscientific deformity.

    Illogical Geology George McCready Price
  • This, as we have already seen, is the geologic or evolution, or phylogenic series.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • Last and most important of all, in its relation to evolution, Agassiz added comparison in the geologic or phylogenic series.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
British Dictionary definitions for phylogenic


noun (pl) -nies, -geneses (-ˈdʒɛnɪˌsiːz)
(biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolution of a species, genus, etc Compare ontogeny
Derived Forms
phylogenic (ˌfaɪləʊˈdʒɛnɪk), phylogenetic (ˌfaɪləʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from phylo- + -geny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for phylogenic



"genesis and evolution of a phylum," 1869, from German Phylogenie, coined 1866 by German biologist Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919) from Greek phylon "race" (see phylo-) + -geneia "origin," from -genes "born" (see genus). Related: Phylogenic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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phylogenic in Medicine

phylogeny phy·log·e·ny (fī-lŏj'ə-nē)

  1. The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms. Also called phylogenesis.

  2. The evolutionary development of an organ or other part of an organism.

phy'lo·gen'ic (-jěn'ĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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phylogenic in Science
The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.
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