phenetic
adjective Etymology: phenotype + -etic (as in genetic) Date: 1960 of or relating to taxonomic analysis that emphasizes the overall similarities of characteristics among biological taxa without regard to phylogenetic relationships

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  • phenetic — 1960, from Gk. phainein to appear (see PHANTASM (Cf. phantasm)) + ETIC (Cf. etic). Related: Phenetically …   Etymology dictionary

  • phenetic — /fi net ik/, adj. Biol. pertaining to or based on the observable similarities and differences between organisms without regard to assumed genealogy. [1960; phen (extracted from PHENOTYPE, or directly from Gk phaínein to show; cf. PHENO ) + ETIC,… …   Universalium

  • phenetic — adjective Of, or relating to, phenetics …   Wiktionary

  • phenetic —   Condition of overall similarity of chosen characters between taxa but without regard to whether the characters are homologous or due to convergence.   See also Adansonian …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • phenetic — phe·net·ic …   English syllables

  • phenetic — phe•net•ic [[t]fɪˈnɛt ɪk[/t]] adj. bio tax pertaining to or based on the observable similarities and differences between organisms without regard to assumed genealogy • Etymology: 1960; phen (extracted from phenotype, or directly from Gk phaínein …   From formal English to slang

  • phenetic — fə̇ˈned.ik adjective Etymology: phenotype + etic (as in genetic) : of or relating to taxonomic analysis that emphasizes the overall similarities of characteristics among biological taxa without regard to phylogenetic relationships compare… …   Useful english dictionary

  • phenetic classification — A classification based on phenotypes rather than evolution from a common ancestor …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • phenetic ranking — Ranking into categories according to degree of overall similarity …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • phenetic system — A classification system that groups organisms together based on the similarity of their observable charactistics …   Dictionary of microbiology

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