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taxonomy

[tak-son-uh-mee] /tækˈsɒn ə mi/
noun, plural taxonomies.
1.
the science or technique of classification.
2.
a classification into ordered categories:
a proposed taxonomy of educational objectives.
3.
Biology. the science dealing with the description, identification, naming, and classification of organisms.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; French taxonomie. See taxo-, -nomy
Related forms
taxonomic
[tak-suh-nom-ik] /ˌtæk səˈnɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
taxonomical, adjective
taxonomically, adverb
taxonomist, taxonomer, noun
nontaxonomic, adjective
nontaxonomical, adjective
nontaxonomically, adverb
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  • The history of hominoid taxonomy is somewhat confusing and complex.
  • Evolutionary taxonomy insists that groups reflect phylogenies.
British Dictionary definitions for taxonomy

taxonomy

/tækˈsɒnəmɪ/
noun
1.
  1. the branch of biology concerned with the classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure, origin, etc
  2. the practice of arranging organisms in this way
2.
the science or practice of classification
Derived Forms
taxonomic (ˌtæksəˈnɒmɪk), taxonomical, adjective
taxonomically, adverb
taxonomist, taxonomer, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French taxonomie, from Greek taxis order + -nomy
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Word Origin and History for taxonomy
n.

1828, from French taxonomie (1813), introduced by Linnæus and coined irregularly from Greek taxis "arrangement" (see taxidermy) + -nomia "method," from -nomos "managing," from nemein "manage" (see numismatics).

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taxonomy in Medicine

taxonomy tax·on·o·my (tāk-sŏn'ə-mē)
n.

  1. The classification of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships.

  2. The science, laws, or principles of classification; systematics.

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taxonomy in Science
taxonomy
  (tāk-sŏn'ə-mē)   

The scientific classification of organisms into specially named groups based either on shared characteristics or on evolutionary relationships as inferred from the fossil record or established by genetic analysis.
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taxonomy in Culture
taxonomy [(tak-son-uh-mee)]

The classification of living things. (See Linnean classification.)

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