[ mon-oh-fahy-let-ik ]
/ ˌmɒn oʊ faɪˈlɛt ɪk /
Biology. consisting of organisms descended from a single taxon.
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Origin of monophyletic
First recorded in 1870–75; mono-
OTHER WORDS FROM monophyleticmon·o·phy·le·tism [mon-uh-fahy-li-tiz-uhm, -fil-i-], /ˌmɒn əˈfaɪ lɪˌtɪz əm, -ˈfɪl ɪ-/, mon·o·phy·le·ty, noun
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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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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 monophyleticmon′o•phy′le•tism (-fī′lĭ-tĭz′əm) n.
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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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