phy·​lo·​ge·​net·​ic | \ ˌfī-lō-jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio) \

Definition of phylogenetic

1 : of or relating to phylogeny
2 : based on natural evolutionary relationships
3 : acquired in the course of phylogenetic development : racial

Other Words from phylogenetic

phylogenetically \ ˌfī-​lō-​jə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phylogenetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dr Barrios and her collaborators used these data to construct a phylogenetic tree, or a family genetics tree. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The team’s phylogenetic analysis, which indicates evolutionary relationships, placed the species within the vampyropod side of the evolutionary tree, Whalen said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 Moreover, despite being related to SARS-CoV-2, RaTG13 has been found to occupy a separate phylogenetic branch. Stephan Lewandowsky, Scientific American, 16 Feb. 2022 But non-primate species clustered on other branches of the phylogenetic tree did well too. Max G. Levy, Wired, 25 Jan. 2022 Genome sequencing allowed researchers to separate and organize individual rockfish species into a phylogenetic tree. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Plots showing the diversity of both the phylogenetic tree and tooth shapes show two distinct drops, around 34 million and 31 million years ago, reflecting these back-to-back disasters. Max G. Levy, Wired, 2 Nov. 2021 This statistical method, known as phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs), uses information from the historical relationships of lineages, or phylogenies, to test evolutionary hypotheses. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 But the researchers’ multiple lines of morphological and phylogenetic evidence offer strong support for their claims, according to Dr. Mah. New York Times, 16 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of phylogenetic

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phylogenetic

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin phylogenesis phylogeny, from phyl- + genesis

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The first known use of phylogenetic was in 1876

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8 May 2022

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“Phylogenetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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phy·​lo·​ge·​net·​ic | \ ˌfī-lō-jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of phylogenetic

1 : of or relating to phylogeny
2 : based on natural evolutionary relationships
3 : acquired in the course of phylogenetic development

Other Words from phylogenetic

phylogenetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio) \ adverb


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