superfamily

noun su·per·fam·i·ly \ ˈsü-pər-ˌfam-lē , -ˈfa-mə- \

Definition of superfamily

1 : a category of biological classification ranking below an order and above a family
2 : a large group of closely related molecules or chemical compounds usually possessing a similar function

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First Known Use of superfamily

1872

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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superfamily

noun su·per·fam·i·ly \ ˈsü-pər-ˌfam-(ə-)lē \

medical Definition of superfamily

plural superfamilies
1 : a category of taxonomic classification between a family and an order or a suborder
2 : a large group of closely related molecules or chemical compounds usually possessing a similar function

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