[ klad-uh-gram, kley-duh- ]
/ ˈklæd əˌgræm, ˈkleɪ də- /
a branching diagram depicting the successive points of species divergence from common ancestral lines without regard to the degree of deviation.
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British Dictionary definitions for cladogram
/ (ˈkleɪdəʊˌɡræm) /
biology a treelike diagram illustrating the development of a cladeSee clade
Word Origin for cladogram
C20: from clade + -o- + -gram
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Scientific definitions for cladogram
[ klăd′ə-grăm′, klā′də- ]
A branching treelike diagram used to illustrate evolutionary (phylogenetic) relationships among organisms. Each node, or point of divergence, has two branching lines of descendance, indicating evolutionary divergence from a common ancestor. The endpoints of the tree represent individual species, and any node together with its descendant branches and subbranches constitutes a clade.
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