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/ fɪˈnɛt ɪk /

adjective Biology.

pertaining to or based on the observable similarities and differences between organisms without regard to assumed genealogy.

Origin of phenetic

1960; phen- (extracted from phenotype, or directly from Greek phaínein to show; cf. pheno-) + -etic, perhaps on the model of phyletic or phylogenetic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019