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[tak-son-uh-mee] /tækˈsɒn ə mi/
noun, plural taxonomies.
the science or technique of classification.
a classification into ordered categories:
a proposed taxonomy of educational objectives.
Biology. the science dealing with the description, identification, naming, and classification of organisms.
Origin of taxonomy
First recorded in 1805-15, taxonomy is from the French word taxonomie. See taxo-, -nomy
Related forms
[tak-suh-nom-ik] /ˌtæk səˈnɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
taxonomical, adjective
taxonomically, adverb
taxonomist, taxonomer, noun
nontaxonomic, adjective
nontaxonomical, adjective
nontaxonomically, adverb Unabridged
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  1. the branch of biology concerned with the classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure, origin, etc
  2. the practice of arranging organisms in this way
the science or practice of classification
Derived Forms
taxonomic (ˌtæksəˈnɒmɪk), taxonomical, adjective
taxonomically, adverb
taxonomist, taxonomer, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French taxonomie, from Greek taxis order + -nomy
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Word Origin and History for taxonomic



1828, from French taxonomie (1813), introduced by Linnæus and coined irregularly from Greek taxis "arrangement" (see taxidermy) + -nomia "method," from -nomos "managing," from nemein "manage" (see numismatics).

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taxonomic in Medicine

taxonomic tax·o·nom·ic (tāk'sə-nŏm'ĭk) or tax·o·nom·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to taxonomy.

taxonomy tax·on·o·my (tāk-sŏn'ə-mē)

  1. The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships.

  2. The science, laws, or principles of classification; systematics.

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taxonomic in Science

The scientific classification of organisms into specially named groups based either on shared characteristics or on evolutionary relationships as inferred from the fossil record or established by genetic analysis.
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taxonomic in Culture
taxonomy [(tak-son-uh-mee)]

The classification of living things. (See Linnean classification.)

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