scientific name

[ sī′ən-tĭfĭk ]

A name used by scientists, especially the taxonomic name of an organism that consists of the genus and species. Scientific names usually come from Latin or Greek. An example is Homo sapiens, the scientific name for humans.

Nearby words

  1. scientific,
  2. scientific content analysis,
  3. scientific creationism,
  4. scientific empiricism,
  5. scientific method,
  6. scientific notation,
  7. scientific socialism,
  8. scientific theory,
  9. scientism,
  10. scientist

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