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phenetics

[fi-net-iks] /fɪˈnɛt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Biology
1.
classification of organisms based on measurable similarities and differences rather than genetic makeup and evolutionary descent.
Origin
see phenetic, -ics
Related forms
pheneticist
[fi-net-uh-sist] /fɪˈnɛt ə sɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
Usage note
See -ics.
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phenetics

/fɪˈnɛtɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (biology) a system of classification based on similarities between organisms without regard to their evolutionary relationships
Derived Forms
phenetic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from phen(otype) + (gen)etics
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