mono phyletic

monophyletic

[mon-oh-fahy-let-ik]
adjective
Biology. consisting of organisms descended from a single taxon.

Origin:
1870–75; mono- + phyletic

monophyletism [mon-uh-fahy-li-tiz-uhm, -fil-i-] , monophylety, noun
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monophyletic (ˌmɒnəʊfaɪˈlɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  relating to or characterized by descent from a single ancestral group of animals or plants
2.  (of animals or plants) of or belonging to a single stock

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monophyletic mon·o·phy·let·ic (mŏn'ō-fī-lět'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Descended or derived from one original stock or source.

  2. Of or being the theory that all blood cells are derived from one common stem cell.


mon'o·phy'le·tism (-fī'lĭ-tĭz'əm) n.
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monophyletic  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (mŏn'ō-fī-lět'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to a taxonomic group that contains all the descendants of a single common ancestor. All clades, such as birds and placental mammals, are monophyletic. Compare paraphyletic, polyphyletic.

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