physiophyly

Physiophyly

Phys`i*oph"y*ly\, n. [Gr. fy`sis nature + ? a clan.] (Biol.) The tribal history of the functions, or the history of the paleontological development of vital activities, -- being a branch of phylogeny. See Morphophyly. --Haeckel.
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