chemotaxonomy


che·mo·tax·on·o·my

noun \-(ˌ)tak-ˈsä-nə-mē\

Definition of CHEMOTAXONOMY

:  the classification of plants and animals based on similarities and differences in biochemical composition
che·mo·tax·o·nom·ic \-ˌtak-sə-ˈnä-mik\ adjective
che·mo·tax·on·o·mist \-(ˌ)tak-ˈsä-nə-mist\ noun

First Known Use of CHEMOTAXONOMY

1963

chemotaxonomy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Method of biological classification based on similarities in the structure of certain compounds among the organisms being classified. Advocates argue that, because proteins are more closely controlled by genes and less subject to natural selection than are anatomical features, they are more reliable indicators of genetic relationships.

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