subtype

noun sub·type \ ˈsəb-ˌtīp \
variants: or less commonly sub-type
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of subtype

plural subtypes or sub-types
: 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

First Known Use of subtype

1816


Medical Dictionary

1

subtype

noun sub·type \ ˈsəb-ˌtīp \

medical Definition of subtype

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

2

subtype

transitive verb

medical Definition of subtype

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

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