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phylogeny

[fahy-loj-uh-nee]
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noun
  1. the development or evolution of a particular group of organisms.
  2. the evolutionary history of a group of organisms, especially as depicted in a family tree.
Also phy·lo·gen·e·sis [fahy-luh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌfaɪ ləˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/.
Compare ontogeny.

Origin of phylogeny

First recorded in 1865–70; phylo- + -geny
Related formsphy·lo·ge·net·ic [fahy-luh-juh-net-ik] /ˌfaɪ lə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, phy·lo·ge·net·i·cal, phy·lo·gen·ic, adjectivephy·lo·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverbphy·log·e·nist, noun
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Examples from the Web for phylogenic

Historical Examples

  • This, as we have already seen, is the geologic or evolution, or Phylogenic series.

    Evolution

    Joseph Le Conte

  • 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

  • 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

phylogeny

phylogenesis (ˌfaɪləʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs)

noun plural -nies or -geneses (-ˈdʒɛnɪˌsiːz)
  1. biology the sequence of events involved in the evolution of a species, genus, etcCompare ontogeny
Derived Formsphylogenic (ˌfaɪləʊˈdʒɛnɪk) or phylogenetic (ˌfaɪləʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from phylo- + -geny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for phylogenic

phylogeny

n.

"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

phylogenic in Medicine

phylogeny

([object Object])
n.
  1. The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.phylogenesis
  2. The evolutionary development of an organ or other part of an organism.
Related formsphy′lo•genic (-jĕnĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

phylogenic in Science

phylogeny

[fī-lŏjə-nē]
  1. The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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