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species

noun spe·cies \ ˈspē-(ˌ)shēz , -(ˌ)sēz \

Definition of species

plural species
1 a :kind, sort
b :a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name; specifically :a logical division of a genus or more comprehensive class
  • confessing sins in species and in number
c :the human race :human beings often used with the
  • survival of the species in the nuclear age
d (1) :a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of a genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus name
(2) :an individual or kind belonging to a biological species
e :a particular kind of atomic nucleus, atom, molecule, or ion
2 :the consecrated eucharistic elements of the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Eucharist
3 a :a mental image; also :a sensible object
b :an object of thought correlative with a natural object

Examples of species in a Sentence

  1. There are approximately 8,000 species of ants.

  2. All European domestic cattle belong to the same species.

  3. laws that protect endangered species

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Origin and Etymology of species

Middle English, from Latin, appearance, kind, species, from specere to look — more at spy

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species

adjective

Definition of species

:belonging to a biological species as distinguished from a horticultural variety
  • a species rose

First Known Use of species

1899


SPECIES Defined for Kids

species

noun spe·cies \ ˈspē-shēz , -sēz \

Definition of species for Students

plural species
1 :a group of similar living things that ranks below the genus in scientific classification and is made up of individuals able to produce offspring with one another
  • The one-humped camel is a different species from the two-humped camel.
2 :a class of things of the same kind and with the same name :kind, sort

Medical Dictionary

species

noun spe·cies \ ˈspē-(ˌ)shēz , -(ˌ)sēz \

medical Definition of species

plural species
1 a :a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of the genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus name
b :an individual or kind belonging to a biological species
2 :a particular kind of atomic nucleus, atom, molecule, or ion
  • production of DNA damage by active oxygen species


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