chemotaxonomy

[kee-moh-tak-son-uh-mee, kem-oh-]

noun Biochemistry, Biology.

the identification and classification of organisms by comparative analysis of their biochemical composition.

Nearby words

  1. chemosurgery,
  2. chemosynthesis,
  3. chemosynthetic bacteria,
  4. chemotactic,
  5. chemotaxis,
  6. chemotherapeutics,
  7. chemotherapy,
  8. chemotroph,
  9. chemotrophic,
  10. chemotropism

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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