monophyletism

noun mono·phyle·tism
variants: or

monophylety

\-lətē\

Definition of monophyletism

plural

monophyletisms

or

monophyleties

  1. :  the quality or state of being monophyletic :  shared descent from a single common stemform

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Origin and Etymology of monophyletism

monophyletism International Scientific Vocabulary monophyletic + -ism; monophylety from monophyletic + -y


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