phylogenetic

adjective

phy·​lo·​ge·​net·​ic ˌfī-lō-jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio)
1
: of or relating to phylogeny
2
: based on natural evolutionary relationships
3
: acquired in the course of phylogenetic development : racial
phylogenetically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The findings, the release said, make important amendments to the early phylogenetic tree and the understanding of how life developed. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 Dr Barrios and her collaborators used these data to construct a phylogenetic tree, or a family genetics tree. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The team’s phylogenetic analysis, which indicates evolutionary relationships, placed the species within the vampyropod side of the evolutionary tree, Whalen said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 Moreover, despite being related to SARS-CoV-2, RaTG13 has been found to occupy a separate phylogenetic branch. Stephan Lewandowsky, Scientific American, 16 Feb. 2022 But non-primate species clustered on other branches of the phylogenetic tree did well too. Max G. Levy, Wired, 25 Jan. 2022 Genome sequencing allowed researchers to separate and organize individual rockfish species into a phylogenetic tree. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Plots showing the diversity of both the phylogenetic tree and tooth shapes show two distinct drops, around 34 million and 31 million years ago, reflecting these back-to-back disasters. Max G. Levy, Wired, 2 Nov. 2021 This statistical method, known as phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs), uses information from the historical relationships of lineages, or phylogenies, to test evolutionary hypotheses. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin phylogenesis phylogeny, from phyl- + genesis

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of phylogenetic was in 1876

Dictionary Entries Near phylogenetic

Cite this Entry

“Phylogenetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phylogenetic. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

phylogenetic

adjective

phy·​lo·​ge·​net·​ic ˌfī-lō-jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce phylogenetic (audio)
1
: of or relating to phylogeny
2
: based on natural evolutionary relationships
3
: acquired in the course of phylogenetic development
phylogenetically adverb
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