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cladogenesis

[klad-uh-jen-uh-sis, kley-duh-] /ˌklæd əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌkleɪ də-/
noun, Biology
1.
evolutionary change by the branching off of new species from common ancestral types.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; < German Kladogenese; see clado-, -genesis
Related forms
cladogenetic
[klad-oh-juh-net-ik, kley-doh-] /ˌklæd oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, ˌkleɪ doʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
cladogenetically, adverb
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