[ pol-ee-tip-ik ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈtɪp ɪk /


having or involving many or several types.
Often pol·y·typ·i·cal.

Origin of polytypic

First recorded in 1885–90; poly- + type + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for polytypic



/ (ˌpɒlɪˈtɪpɪk) /


existing in, consisting of, or incorporating several different types or forms
biology (of a taxonomic group) having many subdivisions, esp (of a species) having many subspecies and geographical races
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Medicine definitions for polytypic

[ pŏl′ē-tĭpĭk ]


Having several variant forms, especially subspecies or varieties.
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Science definitions for polytypic

[ pŏl′ē-tĭpĭk ]

Having several variant forms, especially containing more than one taxonomic category of the next lower rank. A polytypic genus contains two or more different species, while a polytypic species consists of two or more subspecies. Compare monotypic.
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