subphylum

[ suhb-fahy-luh m ]
/ sʌbˈfaɪ ləm /

noun, plural sub·phy·la [suhb-fahy-luh] /sʌbˈfaɪ lə/. Biology.

a category of related classes within a phylum.

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Origin of subphylum

From New Latin, dating back to 1930–35; see origin at sub-, phylum

Related formssub·phy·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for subphylum

subphylum

/ (sʌbˈfaɪləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a phylum
Derived Formssubphylar, adjective

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Medicine definitions for subphylum

subphylum

[ sŭbfī′ləm ]

n. pl. sub•phy•la (-lə)

A taxonomic category ranking between a phylum and a class.

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Science definitions for subphylum

subphylum

[ sŭbfī′ləm ]

Plural subphyla

A subdivision of a phylum of organisms. A subphylum contains one or more classes.
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