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phylogeny

[fahy-loj-uh-nee]
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noun
  1. the development or evolution of a particular group of organisms.
  2. the evolutionary history of a group of organisms, especially as depicted in a family tree.
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Also phy·lo·gen·e·sis [fahy-luh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌfaɪ ləˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/.
Compare ontogeny.

Origin of phylogeny

First recorded in 1865–70; phylo- + -geny
Related formsphy·lo·ge·net·ic [fahy-luh-juh-net-ik] /ˌfaɪ lə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, phy·lo·ge·net·i·cal, phy·lo·gen·ic, adjectivephy·lo·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverbphy·log·e·nist, noun
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phylogeny

phylogenesis (ˌfaɪləʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs)

noun plural -nies or -geneses (-ˈdʒɛnɪˌsiːz)
  1. biology the sequence of events involved in the evolution of a species, genus, etcCompare ontogeny
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Derived Formsphylogenic (ˌfaɪləʊˈdʒɛnɪk) or phylogenetic (ˌfaɪləʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from phylo- + -geny
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Word Origin and History for phylogenetic

phylogeny

n.

"genesis and evolution of a phylum," 1869, from German Phylogenie, coined 1866 by German biologist Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919) from Greek phylon "race" (see phylo-) + -geneia "origin," from -genes "born" (see genus). Related: Phylogenic.

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phylogenetic in Medicine

phylogenetic

(fī′lō-jə-nĕtĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to phylogeny or phylogenetics.
  2. Relating to or based on evolutionary development or history.
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phylogeny

(fī-lŏjə-nē)
n.
  1. The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.phylogenesis
  2. The evolutionary development of an organ or other part of an organism.
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Related formsphy′lo•genic (-jĕnĭk) adj.
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phylogenetic in Science

phylogeny

[fī-lŏjə-nē]
  1. The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.
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