[ pol-ee-tip-ik ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈtɪp ɪk /


having or involving many or several types.

Nearby words

  1. polytonality,
  2. polytrichia,
  3. polytriglyph,
  4. polytrophic,
  5. polytunnel,
  6. polyunsaturate,
  7. polyunsaturated,
  8. polyurethane,
  9. polyurethanes,
  10. polyuria

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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