monotypic

[ mon-uh-tip-ik ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈtɪp ɪk /
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adjective

having only one type.
of the nature of a monotype.
Biology. having only one representative, as a genus with a single species.

Nearby words

  1. monotrichate,
  2. monotrichous,
  3. monotriglyph,
  4. monotropy,
  5. monotype,
  6. monounsaturate,
  7. monounsaturated,
  8. monovalent,
  9. monovision,
  10. monovision lens

Origin of monotypic

1875–80; mono- + typic

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British Dictionary definitions for monotypic

monotypic

/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈtɪpɪk) /

adjective

(of a genus or species) consisting of only one type of animal or plant
of or relating to a monotype
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Science definitions for monotypic

monotypic

[ mŏn′ə-tĭpĭk ]

Having a single form or member, especially containing no more than one taxonomic category of the next lower rank. A monotypic genus contains a single species, while a monotypic species consists of a single population that is not divided into subspecies. Compare polytypic.
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