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taxonomy

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noun tax·on·o·my \tak-ˈsä-nə-mē\

Simple Definition of taxonomy

  • : the process or system of describing the way in which different living things are related by putting them in groups

Full Definition of taxonomy

  1. 1 :  the study of the general principles of scientific classification :  systematics

  2. 2 :  classification; especially :  orderly classification of plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships

tax·o·nom·ic play \ˌtak-sə-ˈnä-mik\ also tax·o·nom·i·cal play \-mi-kəl\ adjective
tax·o·nom·i·cal·ly play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
tax·on·o·mist play \tak-ˈsä-nə-mist\ noun

Examples of taxonomy

  1. the taxonomies of various plant groups



Origin of taxonomy

French taxonomie, from tax- + -nomie -nomy


First Known Use: circa 1828


Medical Dictionary

taxonomy

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noun tax·on·o·my \tak-ˈsän-ə-mē\

Medical Definition of taxonomy

plural tax·on·o·mies

  1. 1:  the study of the general principles of scientific classification :  systematics

  2. 2:  orderly classification of plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships




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