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systematics

[sis-tuh-mat-iks] /ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of systems or of classification.
2.
Biology.
  1. the study and classification of organisms with the goal of reconstructing their evolutionary histories and relationships.
  2. phylogenetic classification.
Origin of systematics
1885-1890
1885-90; see systematic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for systematics

systematics

/ˌsɪstɪˈmætɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study of systems and the principles of classification and nomenclature
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