Definition of superfamily in English:


Syllabification: su·per·fam·i·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈso͞opərˌfam(ə)lē

noun (plural superfamilies)

  • 1A taxonomic category that ranks above family and below order.
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    • The first group includes the molecule belonging to the species of the superfamilies Cavioidea and Chinchilloidea, which conserves the number of residues (chain A with 21 and chain B with 30 residues).
    • On the basis of broad structural characteristics, amphibian antimicrobial peptides have been grouped into superfamilies, each being differentiated into various families.
    • Several of the superfamilies include members from two or three different eukaryotic kingdoms, which suggests that they have diverged early during or before eukaryotic evolution.
  • 1.1 Linguistics another term for phylum.

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