|the series of living phenomena exhibited by an organism in the course of its development from inception to death|
|profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and then to the adult butterfly|
|1.||a. the branch of biology concerned with the classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure, origin, etc|
|b. the practice of arranging organisms in this way|
|2.||the science or practice of classification|
|[C19: from French taxonomie, from Greek taxis order + |
taxonomy tax·on·o·my (tāk-sŏn'ə-mē)
The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships.
The science, laws, or principles of classification; systematics.
|taxonomy (tāk-sŏn'ə-mē) Pronunciation Key
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The scientific classification of organisms into specially named groups based either on shared characteristics or on evolutionary relationships as inferred from the fossil record or established by genetic analysis.
The classification of living things. (See Linnean classification.)