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subspecies

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noun sub·spe·cies \ˈsəb-ˌspē-shēz, -sēz\

Simple Definition of subspecies

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

Full Definition of subspecies

  1. :  a subdivision of a species: asa :  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 theirsb :  a named subdivision (as a race or variety) of a taxonomic speciesc :  subgroup 1 <a political subspecies>

sub·spe·cif·ic play \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


Medical Dictionary

subspecies

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noun sub·spe·cies \ˈsəb-ˌspē-shēz, -sēz\

Medical Definition of subspecies

  1. :  a subdivision of a species: asa:  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 theirsb:  a named subdivision (as a race or variety) of a species

  2. sub·spe·cif·ic \ˌsəb-spi-ˈsif-ik\play adjective




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