Definition of lineage in English:


Line breaks: lin|eage
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪnɪɪdʒ


  • 2 Biology A sequence of species each of which is considered to have evolved from its predecessor: the chimpanzee and gorilla lineages
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    • We also determined which phylogenetic lineages had evolved faster or slower.
    • Trends can be seen either as lineage trends in evolving lineages, or biosphere trends affecting the evolution of life as a whole.
    • Perhaps the lineage survived as refugium species and thus repopulated during the post-Cretaceous recovery.
  • 2.1A sequence of cells in the body which developed from a common ancestral cell: the myeloid lineage
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    • Those experiments showed that the neural stem cells in the mutant mice developed into the normal lineages of cells in the embryonic brain.
    • These cells differentiate into two main cell lineages (ie, myeloid and lymphoid pathways) that lead to the production of blood cells.
    • The nia nucleotide sequences were compared among Fusarium species representative of different lineages.


Middle English: from Old French lignage, from Latin linea 'a line' (see line1).

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