subclass

noun
sub·​class | \ ˈsəb-ˌklas How to pronounce subclass (audio) \

Definition of subclass

: a primary division of a class: such as
a : a category in biological classification ranking below a class and above an order

Examples of subclass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a game prided for its movement and gunplay, an entire subclass based around having your movement frozen completely, slowed or your accuracy turned to garbage is not enjoyable. Paul Tassi, Forbes, "‘Destiny 2’ PvP Is Still Crippled By Stasis, Five Months And Many Nerfs Later," 18 Apr. 2021 Before its placement onto the Endangered Species List in 2003, little was known about the elasmobranch, a subclass of fish comprised of sharks, rays, and skates. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Record-Breaking 16-Foot-Long Sawfish Washes Ashore in the Florida Keys," 13 Apr. 2021 These cells do not go after pathogens directly, but a subclass of them seek out infected cells and destroy them. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, "Your Immune System Evolves To Fight Coronavirus Variants," 31 Mar. 2021 Fernet: This whole article is about Fernet Branca, which is the first and most popular of the Fernets, a subclass of amari distinguished by a mint-menthol character. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make a Midnight Stinger, a Whiskey Sour Enhanced by a Bitter Italian Liqueur," 18 Mar. 2021 The new analysis is by no means a comprehensive survey of the whole subclass' diet. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, "Jaws of Life: High-Power Scans Reveal Teeth, Food of Ammonites," 6 Jan. 2011 In the class action lawsuit, members of the medically vulnerable subclass were part of a jail class who are over the age of 60 or who, regardless of age, experience certain underlying medical conditions. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County wins appeal in jail inmates' COVID-19 pandemic lawsuit," 10 July 2020 Parker said the medically vulnerable subclass is all members of the jail class who are over the age of 60 or who, regardless of age, experience certain underlying medical conditions. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Judge tells Oakland County sheriff to provide masks to jail inmates, may order releases," 21 May 2020 Within these two subclasses of antibodies, if test subjects have had COVID-19, their body should make COVID-19 specific antibodies of each type of antibody the test can detect. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Private labs see high demand for COVID-19 antibody test that detects past infections," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of subclass

1720, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subclass was in 1720

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“Subclass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subclass. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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subclass

noun
sub·​class | \ ˈsəb-ˌklas How to pronounce subclass (audio) \

Medical Definition of subclass

: a category in biological classification ranking below a class and above an order

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