phenetic

phenetic

[fi-net-ik]
adjective Biology.
pertaining to or based on the observable similarities and differences between organisms without regard to assumed genealogy.

Origin:
1960; phen- (extracted from phenotype, or directly from Greek phaínein to show; cf. pheno-) + -etic, perhaps on the model of phyletic or phylogenetic

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phenetics (fɪˈnɛtɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) biology a system of classification based on similarities between organisms without regard to their evolutionary relationships
 
[C20: from phen(otype) + (gen)etics]
 
phe'netic
 
adj

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