systematics

[ sis-tuh-mat-iks ]
/ ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of systems or of classification.
Biology.
  1. the study and classification of organisms with the goal of reconstructing their evolutionary histories and relationships.
  2. phylogenetic classification.

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Origin of systematics

First recorded in 1885–90; see origin at systematic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for systematics

systematics
/ (ˌsɪstɪˈmætɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the study of systems and the principles of classification and nomenclature
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