cytotaxonomy

[ sahy-toh-tak-son-uh-mee ]
/ ˌsaɪ toʊ tækˈsɒn ə mi /

noun

a branch of taxonomy in which characteristics of cellular structures, particularly of somatic chromosomes, are used to classify organisms.

Nearby words

  1. cytost,
  2. cytostasis,
  3. cytostatic,
  4. cytostome,
  5. cytotaxis,
  6. cytotechnologist,
  7. cytotechnology,
  8. cytothesis,
  9. cytotoxic,
  10. cytotoxic reaction

Origin of cytotaxonomy

First recorded in 1925–30; cyto- + taxonomy

Related formscy·to·tax·o·nom·ic [sahy-toh-tak-suh-nom-ik] /ˌsaɪ toʊˌtæk səˈnɒm ɪk/, adjectivecy·to·tax·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverbcy·to·tax·on·o·mist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cytotaxonomy

cytotaxonomy

/ (ˌsaɪtəʊtækˈsɒnəmɪ) /

noun

classification of organisms based on cell structure, esp the number, shape, etc, of the chromosomes
Derived Formscytotaxonomic, adjectivecytotaxonomist, noun

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Medicine definitions for cytotaxonomy

cytotaxonomy

[ sī′tō-tăk-sŏnə-mē ]

n.

The classification of organisms based on cellular structure and function, especially on the structure and number of chromosomes.
Related formscy′to•tax′o•nomic (-tăk′sə-nŏmĭk) adj.cy′to•tax•ono•mist n.


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