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scientific name

noun

the recognized Latin name given to an organism, consisting of a genus and species, according to a taxonomy; also called binomial name

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The scientific name is usually printed in italics, with the genus capitalized.

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scientific name
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A name used by scientists, especially the taxonomic name of an organism that consists of the genus and species. Scientific names usually come from Latin or Greek. An example is Homo sapiens, the scientific name for humans.
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