Hominoidea

noun plural
Hom·​i·​noi·​dea | \ ˌhäm-ə-ˈnȯid-ē-ə How to pronounce Hominoidea (audio) \

Medical Definition of Hominoidea

1 in some classifications : a major division of the order Primates segregating Homo and related fossil forms from the great apes
2 : a superfamily of the primate suborder Anthropoidea including recent hominids, gibbons, and pongids together with extinct ancestral and related forms (as of the genera Proconsul and Dryopithecus) as distinguished from the lower Old World monkeys — compare cercopithecidae

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“Hominoidea.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Hominoidea. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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