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taxon

[ tak-son ]
/ ˈtæk sɒn /
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noun, plural tax·a [tak-suh]. /ˈtæk sə/.

a taxonomic category, as a species or genus.

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Origin of taxon

First recorded in 1945–50; from Greek táx(is) “arranged, put in order” + -on neuter noun ending; see taxis1, -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for taxon

taxon
/ (ˈtæksɒn) /

noun plural taxa (ˈtæksə)

biology any taxonomic group or rank

Word Origin for taxon

C20: back formation from taxonomy
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Medical definitions for taxon

taxon
[ tăksŏn′ ]

n. pl. tax•a (tăk)

A taxonomic category or group, such as a phylum, order, family, genus, or species.
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Scientific definitions for taxon

taxon
[ tăksŏn′ ]

Plural taxa

A taxonomic category or group, such as a phylum, order, family, genus, or species.
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