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polyphyletic

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adjective poly·phy·let·ic \ˌpä-lē-(ˌ)fī-ˈle-tik\

Definition of polyphyletic

  1. :  of, relating to, or derived from different ancestral stocks; specifically :  relating to or being a taxonomic group that includes members (as genera or species) from different ancestral lineages

poly·phy·let·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of polyphyletic

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek polyphylos of many tribes, from poly- + phylē tribe — more at phyl-


First Known Use: 1875


Medical Dictionary

polyphyletic

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adjective poly·phy·let·ic \ˌpäl-i-(ˌ)fī-ˈlet-ik\

Medical Definition of polyphyletic

  1. :  of or relating to more than one stock; specifically :  derived from more than one ancestral line

  2. poly·phy·let·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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