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[suhb-fahy-luh m] /sʌbˈfaɪ ləm/
noun, plural subphyla
[suhb-fahy-luh] /sʌbˈfaɪ lə/ (Show IPA).
a category of related classes within a phylum.
Origin of subphylum
From New Latin, dating back to 1930-35; See origin at sub-, phylum
Related forms
subphylar, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for subphylum


noun (pl) -la (-lə)
(biology) a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a phylum
Derived Forms
subphylar, adjective
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subphylum in Medicine

subphylum sub·phy·lum (sŭb'fī'ləm)
n. pl. sub·phy·la (-lə)
A taxonomic category ranking between a phylum and a class.

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subphylum in Science
Plural subphyla
A subdivision of a phylum of organisms. A subphylum contains one or more classes.
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