sub·​type | \ ˈsəb-ˌtīp How to pronounce subtype (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sub-type
plural subtypes or sub-types

Definition of subtype

: a type that is a subdivision of a broader type … the … vaccine has a new, additional molecular component that its developers believe will contribute to a broader range of protection against subtypes of HIV found in North America, Europe, Australia, Central America, and South America.The Journal of the American Medical Association …the neurotransmitter serotonin has at least 14 different known subtypes of receptors.— Steven F. Hyman Among subtypes of juggling found in circus shows are juggling on horseback and strong-man juggling with iron balls.— Mark Levine

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Subtype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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sub·​type | \ ˈsəb-ˌtīp How to pronounce subtype (audio) \

Medical Definition of subtype

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a type that is subordinate to or included in another type the blood group subtypes subtypes of a disease
subtyped; subtyping

Medical Definition of subtype (Entry 2 of 2)

: to classify according to subtype schizophrenic patients subtyped as paranoid or catatonic

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