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subgenus

[ suhb-jee-nuhs ]
/ sʌbˈdʒi nəs /
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noun, plural sub·gen·er·a [suhb-jen-er-uh], /sʌbˈdʒɛn ər ə/, sub·ge·nus·es.Anthropology, Biology.

a category of related species within a genus.

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Origin of subgenus

From New Latin, dating back to 1805–15; see origin at sub-, genus
sub·ge·ner·ic [suhb-juh-ner-ik], /ˌsʌb dʒəˈnɛr ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subgenus

subgenus
/ (sʌbˈdʒiːnəs, -ˈdʒɛn-, ˈsʌbˌdʒiːnəs, -ˌdʒɛn-) /

noun plural -genera (-ˈdʒɛnərə) or -genuses

biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a genus but of higher rank than a species
subgeneric (ˌsʌbdʒəˈnɛrɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for subgenus

subgenus
[ sŭbjē′nəs ]

n. pl. sub•gen•e•ra (-jĕn′ər-ə)

A taxonomic category ranking between a genus and a species.
sub′ge•neric (-jə-nĕrĭk) adj.
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