re·​de·​scrip·​tion | \ ˌrē-di-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce redescription (audio) \

Definition of redescription

: a new and more complete description especially of a biological taxon

Examples of redescription in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Resisters’ is a book that grows directly out of the soil of our current political moment, and much of the book’s unsettling pleasure lies in Jen’s ingenious extrapolation (or, in some cases, redescription) of contemporary problems. New York Times, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week," 27 Feb. 2020 The dedicated work of Bertozzo and colleagues has made sense of a mysterious Ouranosaurus, but, as much of an anatomical redescription, their paper is a reminder to take damn good notes. Scientific American Blog Network, "On the Trail of a Dinosaur Sail," 10 July 2017 A redescription of Carrolla craddocki (Lepospondyli: Brachystelechidae) based on high-resolution CT, and the impacts of miniaturization and fossoriality on morphology. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, "The Microsaurs of Yore," 7 July 2017 Even without a detailed redescription of the Harvard material, though, paleontologists know that the reconstruction probably differs from what Kronosaurus was truly like in life. Brian Switek, WIRED, "Repost: The Frustrating Legacy of Plasterosaurus," 18 Feb. 2012

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Redescription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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