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Hominoidea

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noun plural Hom·i·noi·dea \ˌhäm-ə-ˈnȯid-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of Hominoidea

  1. 1in some classifications :  a major division of the order Primates segregating Homo and related fossil forms from the great apes

  2. 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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