[ fi-net-iks ]
/ fɪˈnɛt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb) Biology.

classification of organisms based on measurable similarities and differences rather than genetic makeup and evolutionary descent.

Origin of phenetics

see origin at phenetic, -ics

Related forms

phe·net·i·cist [fi-net-uh-sist] /fɪˈnɛt ə sɪst/, noun

Usage note

See -ics. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phenetics


/ (fɪˈnɛtɪks) /


(functioning as singular) biology a system of classification based on similarities between organisms without regard to their evolutionary relationships

Derived Forms

phenetic, adjective

Word Origin for phenetics

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