subspecies


sub·spe·cies

noun \ˈsəb-ˌspē-shēz, -sēz\

: a group of related plants or animals that is smaller than a species : a division of a species

Full Definition of SUBSPECIES

:  a subdivision of a species: as
a :  a category in biological classification that ranks immediately below a species and designates a population of a particular geographic region genetically distinguishable from other such populations of the same species and capable of interbreeding successfully with them where its range overlaps theirs
b :  a named subdivision (as a race or variety) of a taxonomic species
c :  subgroup 1 <a political subspecies>
sub·spe·cif·ic \ˌsəb-spi-ˈsi-fik\ adjective

Examples of SUBSPECIES

  1. There are two subspecies of bison in North America.

Origin of SUBSPECIES

New Latin
First Known Use: 1699

sub·spe·cies

noun \ˈsəb-ˌspē-shēz, -sēz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUBSPECIES

: a subdivision of a species: as a : a category in biological classification that ranks immediately below a species and designates a population of a particular geographical region genetically distinguishable from other such populations of the same species and capable of interbreeding successfully with them where its range overlaps theirs b : a named subdivision (as a race or variety) of a species
sub·spe·cif·ic \ˌsəb-spi-ˈsif-ik\ adjective

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