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phenetics

[fi-net-iks]
noun (used with a singular verb) Biology.
  1. classification of organisms based on measurable similarities and differences rather than genetic makeup and evolutionary descent.
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Origin of phenetics

see origin at phenetic, -ics
Related formsphe·net·i·cist [fi-net-uh-sist] /fɪˈnɛt ə sɪst/, noun

Usage note

See -ics.
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British Dictionary definitions for phenetics

phenetics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) biology a system of classification based on similarities between organisms without regard to their evolutionary relationships
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Derived Formsphenetic, adjective

Word Origin for phenetics

C20: from phen (otype) + (gen) etics
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