phenetic

adjective

phe·​net·​ic fi-ˈne-tik How to pronounce phenetic (audio)
: of or relating to taxonomic analysis that emphasizes the overall similarities of characteristics among biological taxa without regard to phylogenetic relationships

Word History

Etymology

phenotype + -etic (as in genetic)

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phenetic was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“Phenetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenetic. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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