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.

Origin of cytotaxonomy

First recorded in 1925–30; cyto- + taxonomy

Related forms

cy·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 Forms

cytotaxonomic, 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 forms

cy′to•tax′o•nomic (-tăk′sə-nŏmĭk) adj.cy′to•tax•ono•mist n.
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