phenetic

adjective
phe·​net·​ic | \ fi-ˈne-tik How to pronounce phenetic (audio) \

Definition of phenetic

: of or relating to taxonomic analysis that emphasizes the overall similarities of characteristics among biological taxa without regard to phylogenetic relationships

First Known Use of phenetic

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phenetic

phenotype + -etic (as in genetic)

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“Phenetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenetic. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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