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monophyletic

Syllabification: mon·o·phy·let·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmänōfīˈletik
 
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Definition of monophyletic in English:

adjective

Biology
(Of a group of organisms) descended from a common evolutionary ancestor or ancestral group, especially one not shared with any other group.
Example sentences
  • Given two monophyletic groups of taxa, the site patterns found in an alignment of sequences can be described in terms of five classes.
  • We extended the analysis to the five cowbird species that conform a monophyletic group in the phylogeny.
  • Taxa names represent monophyletic groups of viruses with similar coding capacities.

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