[ mon-oh-fahy-let-ik ]
/ ˌmɒn oʊ faɪˈlɛt ɪk /


Biology. consisting of organisms descended from a single taxon.

Origin of monophyletic

First recorded in 1870–75; mono- + phyletic

OTHER WORDS FROM monophyletic

mon·o·phy·le·tism [mon-uh-fahy-li-tiz-uh m, -fil-i-] /ˌmɒn əˈfaɪ lɪˌtɪz əm, -ˈfɪl ɪ-/, mon·o·phy·le·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monophyletic

/ (ˌmɒnəʊfaɪˈlɛtɪk) /


relating to or characterized by descent from a single ancestral group of animals or plants
(of animals or plants) of or belonging to a single stock
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Medicine definitions for monophyletic

[ mŏn′ō-fī-lĕtĭk ]


Descended or derived from one original stock or source.
Of or being the theory that all blood cells are derived from one common stem cell.

Other words from monophyletic

mon′o•phyle•tism (-fīlĭ-tĭz′əm) n.
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Science definitions for monophyletic

[ mŏn′ō-fī-lĕtĭk ]

Relating to a taxonomic group that contains all the descendants of a single common ancestor. All clades, such as birds and placental mammals, are monophyletic. Compare paraphyletic polyphyletic.
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