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phylogeny

[fahy-loj-uh-nee] /faɪˈlɒdʒ ə ni/
noun
1.
the development or evolution of a particular group of organisms.
2.
the evolutionary history of a group of organisms, especially as depicted in a family tree.
Also, phylogenesis
[fahy-luh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌfaɪ ləˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/ (Show IPA)
.
Compare ontogeny.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; phylo- + -geny
Related forms
phylogenetic
[fahy-luh-juh-net-ik] /ˌfaɪ lə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
phylogenetical, phylogenic, adjective
phylogenetically, adverb
phylogenist, noun
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Examples from the web for phylogeny
  • Ontogeny does not, actually, recapitulate phylogeny.
  • Secondly, you're always complaining about cladistics as if all of our hypotheses about archosaur phylogeny are dependent on it.
  • Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, in interactive media as in biological life.
  • Right now the new human population genomics is robust and informative in phylogeny.
  • When you have a set of characters which confound expectations from phylogeny that warrants some investigation.
  • We can rely on the phylogeny, but other means of calibrating dates are almost always going to be more trustworthy.
British Dictionary definitions for phylogeny

phylogeny

/faɪˈlɒdʒɪnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies, -geneses (-ˈdʒɛnɪˌsiːz)
1.
(biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolution of a species, genus, etc Compare ontogeny
Derived Forms
phylogenic (ˌfaɪləʊˈdʒɛnɪk), phylogenetic (ˌfaɪləʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from phylo- + -geny
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Word Origin and History for phylogeny
n.

"genesis and evolution of a phylum," 1869, from German Phylogenie, coined 1866 by German biologist Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919) from Greek phylon "race" (see phylo-) + -geneia "origin," from -genes "born" (see genus). Related: Phylogenic.

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phylogeny in Medicine

phylogeny phy·log·e·ny (fī-lŏj'ə-nē)
n.

  1. The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms. Also called phylogenesis.

  2. The evolutionary development of an organ or other part of an organism.


phy'lo·gen'ic (-jěn'ĭk) adj.
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phylogeny in Science
phylogeny
  (fī-lŏj'ə-nē)   
The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.
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