sensu stricto


sen·​su stric·​to ˈsen-(ˌ)sü-ˈstrik-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce sensu stricto (audio)
: in a narrow or strict sense

Examples of sensu stricto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the finds: evidence of B. andersonii in three of the patients, B. burgdorferi sensu stricto (classic Lyme) in seven of them, and B. americana in two more. Wendy Orent, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2013

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sensu stricto was in 1849

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“Sensu stricto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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