phylogenetic

adjective

phy·​lo·​ge·​net·​ic ˌfī-lō-jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio)
1
: of or relating to phylogeny
2
: based on natural evolutionary relationships
3
: acquired in the course of phylogenetic development : racial
phylogenetically adverb

Examples of phylogenetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As more mosasaur fossils are discovered and as our knowledge of these creatures expands, the team expects Jorgie’s place in the phylogenetic tree may shift. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 30 Oct. 2023 The search for the components of language in nonhuman animals now extends to the far reaches of our phylogenetic tree, encompassing creatures that may communicate in radically unfamiliar ways. Sonia Shah, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Slowly, a picture began to emerge: Animals who were closer together on the phylogenetic tree tended to perform similarly well in the experiments. Max G. Levy, Wired, 25 Jan. 2022 So from a phylogenetic standpoint, birds are reptiles. USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 Similar to a family tree, a phylogenetic tree is a diagram that uses lines to show the evolutionary relationships between species in relation to a common ancestor. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 After performing an phylogenetic analysis, Kammerer concluded that Bulbasaurus was an early ancestor of a family of dicynodonts called geikiids, which are known for their flashy, keratinous noses. Ian Graber-Stiehl, Discover Magazine, 10 Feb. 2017 Through phylogenetic analysis — evaluating the evolutionary pathways of how new species take shape — the scientists could then determine how such changes might be linked to increases in body size. Mindy Weisberger, CNN, 11 May 2023 Since then scientists have not been able to determine with certainty whether Tully’s Monster had something like a backbone or where the creature fits on the phylogenetic family tree. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of phylogenetic was in 1876

Dictionary Entries Near phylogenetic

Cite this Entry

“Phylogenetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phylogenetic. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

phylogenetic

adjective
phy·​lo·​ge·​net·​ic ˌfī-lō-jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio)
1
: of or relating to phylogeny
2
: based on natural evolutionary relationships
3
: acquired in the course of phylogenetic development
phylogenetically adverb
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