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[suhb-tahyp] /ˈsʌbˌtaɪp/
a subordinate type.
a special type included within a more general type.
Origin of subtype
1860-65; sub- + type
Related forms
[suhb-tip-i-kuh l] /sʌbˈtɪp ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subtype
  • There will, it is true, be more drugs to prescribe as each subtype of each common disease gets its own private magic bullet.
  • For every type or subtype, scientists would need to discover another set of molecular markers.
  • And, yes, out the nose is a subtype of the spit take.
  • The paper also describes for the first time a particularly aggressive subtype of the disease.
  • Considered a subtype of migraine with aura, this migraine starts in the basilar artery, which forms at the base of the skull.
  • A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle.
British Dictionary definitions for subtype


a secondary or subordinate type or genre, esp a specific one considered as falling under a general classification
Derived Forms
subtypical (sʌbˈtɪpɪkəl) adjective
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subtype in Technology
If S is a subtype of T then an expression of type S may be used anywhere that one of type T can and an implicit type conversion will be applied to convert it to type T.
In object oriented programming, this means that objects of type S must accept every message that one of type T would.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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