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[sis-tuh-mat-iks] /ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the study of systems or of classification.
  1. the study and classification of organisms with the goal of reconstructing their evolutionary histories and relationships.
  2. phylogenetic classification.
Origin of systematics
1885-90; see systematic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for systematics
  • Raven has become one of the world's leading authorities on plant systematics and evolution.
  • Personal genomics is adding a new twist, but the general problem is as old as human systematics.
  • The argument here is obviously embedded in the milieu of systematics and their particular concerns.
  • They have derived characteristics distinctive to their clade, which is so important to the logic of modern systematics.
  • So he spent a year getting retooled in insect systematics.
  • systematics is the science that identifies and groups organisms by understanding their origins, relationships and distributions.
  • systematics is the science that identifies and characterizes all organisms ie the study of biological diversity.
  • References on the systematics of plant pathogenic fungi.
  • systematics and the origin of species, from the viewpoint of a zoologist.
  • systematics systematics within the cnidaria, as with all organisms, are always in flux.
British Dictionary definitions for systematics


(functioning as sing) the study of systems and the principles of classification and nomenclature
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