[klad-uh-jen-uh-sis, kley-duh-]
noun Biology.
evolutionary change by the branching off of new species from common ancestral types.

1950–55; < German Kladogenese; see clado-, -genesis

cladogenetic [klad-oh-juh-net-ik, kley-doh-] , adjective
cladogenetically, adverb Unabridged
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