chemotaxonomy

noun
che·​mo·​tax·​on·​o·​my | \ ˌkē-mō-(ˌ)tak-ˈsä-nə-mē How to pronounce chemotaxonomy (audio) \

Definition of chemotaxonomy

: the classification of plants and animals based on similarities and differences in biochemical composition

Other Words from chemotaxonomy

chemotaxonomic \ ˌkē-​mō-​ˌtak-​sə-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce chemotaxonomic (audio) \ adjective
chemotaxonomist \ ˌkē-​mō-​(ˌ)tak-​ˈsä-​nə-​mist How to pronounce chemotaxonomist (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of chemotaxonomy

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemotaxonomy

borrowed from German Chemotaxonomie, from chemo- chemo- + Taxonomie taxonomy

Note: Term promulgated, if not introduced, by the Swiss botanist and biochemist Robert Hegnauer (1919-2007), in "Chemotaxonomische Betrachtungen VI. Phytochemie und Systematik: Eine Rück—und Vorausschau auf die Entwicklung einer Chemotaxonomie," Pharmaceutica Acta Helvetiae, Band 33 (1958), pp. 287-305. Hegnauer used the adjective chemotaxonomisch "chemotaxonomic" earlier (see "Chemotaxonomische Betrachtung der Leguminosae," Die Pharmazie, 5. Band, Heft 10 [October, 1956], pp. 638-51.)

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“Chemotaxonomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemotaxonomy. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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