taxon

noun tax·on \ ˈtak-ˌsän \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of taxon

plural taxa play \ˈtak-sə\ also taxons
1 : a taxonomic group or entity
2 : the name applied to a taxonomic group in a formal system of nomenclature

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Origin and Etymology of taxon

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary taxonomy


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taxon

noun tax·on \ ˈtak-ˌsän \

medical Definition of taxon

plural taxa play \-sə\ also taxons
1 : a taxonomic group or entity
2 : the name applied to a taxonomic group in a formal system of nomenclature

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