phylogeny

noun

phy·​log·​e·​ny fī-ˈlä-jə-nē How to pronounce phylogeny (audio)
plural phylogenies
1
: the evolutionary history of a kind of organism
2
: the evolution of a genetically related group of organisms as distinguished from the development of the individual organism
3
: the history or course of the development of something (such as a word or custom)

Examples of phylogeny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Computational phylogeny works best when there is a single word for every root meaning researchers are interested in tracing. Kurt Kleiner, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 For example, imagine the phylogeny and population genetic characteristics of organisms which are endemic to the islands of Hawaii. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 11 Sep. 2013 The Genghis Khan haplotype exhibits a star like phylogeny. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2012 My research group is currently working with Williamson, Carnegie Museum of Natural History mammalogist John Wible and other colleagues on this Gordian knot of phylogeny. Steve Brusatte, Scientific American, 1 June 2022 Researcher José María Gómez and colleagues took a novel approach to cutting through all the noise by turning to phylogeny, which charts how a species develops and then radiates out into different species. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 28 Sep. 2016 This would tend to show that ontogeny follows phylogeny. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2014 Right now the new human population genomics is robust and informative in phylogeny. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2011 The shaded area represents the star-phylogeny. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of phylogeny was in 1869

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“Phylogeny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phylogeny. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

phylogeny

noun
phy·​log·​e·​ny fī-ˈläj-ə-nē How to pronounce phylogeny (audio)
plural phylogenies
: the development of a group of related living things by evolution over a long period of time in contrast to the development of a particular individual from its first immature stage to an adult

Medical Definition

phylogeny

noun
phy·​log·​e·​ny fi-ˈläj-ə-nē How to pronounce phylogeny (audio)
plural phylogenies
1
: the evolutionary history of a kind of organism
2
: the evolution of a genetically related group of organisms as distinguished from the development of the individual organism

called also phylogenesis

compare ontogeny

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