sub·​group | \ˈsəb-ˌgrüp \

Definition of subgroup 

1 : a subordinate group whose members usually share some common differential quality

2 : a subset of a mathematical group that is itself a group

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Such divisions could shift a team’s focus from winning to what the researchers called task-irrelevant cues, like competition and distrust between isolated subgroups, as well as restricted communication of actionable information and advice. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 And for certain student subgroups, the numbers were even more troubling. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Analysis: Private group's report on possible takeover of JCPS leaves out key details," 1 Mar. 2018 In a subgroup of 17 boys with autism who have enlarged brains, however, the researchers found increased folding in five areas of the cortex that sit along a line dividing the hemispheres. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 The study showed improvement of symptoms for a subgroup of celiac patients. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dilemma of the Gluten-Free Diet," 16 Apr. 2018 They might be based on status, pitting older and better-compensated subgroups against younger, underpaid factions. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 Even when earlier on three or more subgroups are doing entirely different, often intense things, the mood is controlled, involuntary, dragooned. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "With Batsheva, Politics Inside and Outside the Joyce Theater," 11 July 2018 In any case, De Leon did not surpass the 30 percent threshold in any of those voter subgroups. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Newsom, Feinstein continue to lead in poll; gas-tax repeal ahead with three-state measure trailing," 28 June 2018 Only 64% support a law requiring that all guns be kept in a locked place, with those numbers increasing among Democratic subgroups, but no change among parents of kids under 18. Grace Sparks, CNN, "Half of Texans support stricter gun laws in the US," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of subgroup

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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