chemotaxonomy

[kee-moh-tak-son-uh-mee, kem-oh-]
noun Biochemistry, Biology.
  1. the identification and classification of organisms by comparative analysis of their biochemical composition.

Origin of chemotaxonomy

First recorded in 1960–65; chemo- + taxonomy
Related formsche·mo·tax·o·nom·ic [kee-moh-tak-suh-nom-ik, kem-oh-] /ˌki moʊˌtæk səˈnɒm ɪk, ˌkɛm oʊ-/, che·mo·tax·o·nom·i·cal, adjectiveche·mo·tax·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverbche·mo·tax·on·o·mist, noun
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