[hol-uh-tahyp, hoh-luh-]

noun Biology.

the type specimen used in the original description of a species.

Origin of holotype

First recorded in 1895–1900; holo- + -type
Related formshol·o·typ·ic [hol-uh-tip-ik, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/, adjective
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biology another name for type specimen
Derived Formsholotypic (ˌhɒləˈtɪpɪk), adjective
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holotype in Medicine


[hŏlə-tīp′, hōlə-]


The specimen used as the basis of the original published description of a taxonomic group and later designated as the type specimen.
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holotype in Science


[hŏlə-tīp′, hōlə-]

The single specimen or illustration designated as the type for naming a species or subspecies or used as the basis for naming a species or subspecies when no type has been selected. Also called type species
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