phylogeny

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noun phy·log·e·ny \fī-ˈlä-jə-nē\

Definition of phylogeny

plural

phylogenies

  1. 1 :  the evolutionary history of a kind of organism

  2. 2 :  the evolution of a genetically related group of organisms as distinguished from the development of the individual organism

  3. 3 :  the history or course of the development of something (such as a word or custom)

Origin and Etymology of phylogeny

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First Known Use: 1869

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phylogeny

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noun phy·log·e·ny \fi-ˈläj-ə-nē\

Medical Definition of phylogeny

plural

phylogenies

  1. 1:  the evolutionary history of a kind of organism

  2. 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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