systematics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
sys·​tem·​at·​ics | \ ˌsi-stə-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce systematics (audio) \

Definition of systematics

1 : the science of classification
2a : a system of classification
b : the classification and study of organisms with regard to their natural relationships : taxonomy

Examples of systematics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are errors that are well-quantified from three sources: statistics, systematics, and external input uncertainties; all of them are far too insignificant to explain this discrepancy. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "Ask Ethan: Could An Unexplained Decay At The LHC Demolish The Standard Model?," 12 Mar. 2021 More than half of the top 100 journals in ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics mention or require the permanent archival of DNA sequences. Popular Science, "How fossil preservation and public health are intertwined," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of systematics

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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systematics

noun plural but singular in construction
sys·​tem·​at·​ics | \ ˌsis-tə-ˈmat-iks How to pronounce systematics (audio) \

Medical Definition of systematics

1 : the science of classification
2a : a system of classification
b : the classification and study of organisms with regard to their natural relationships : taxonomy

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