Definition of phyletic in English:

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phyletic

Pronunciation: /fīˈledik/

adjective

Biology
Relating to or denoting the evolutionary development of a species or other group.
Example sentences
  • Thus, whereas the initial evolution of potential radial folds may have been allopatric, in this case there must have been substantial phyletic evolution following speciation that affected the global population.
  • Stanley's complaint is about the inadequacy of phyletic gradualism to account for the known facts of paleontology and the superiority of punctuated equilibria as an explanation for those facts.
  • Colored lines connect histidine kinase and response regulator proteins belonging to the same signaling pathway or species phyletic cluster.

Derivatives

phyletically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Conceptually, then, phyletically independent achievement of the mammalian configuration of the jaw and middle ear was accepted with little issue.
  • Approximately 1340 described marine gammaridean species are classified phyletically in the current CNAI list of amphipod crustaceans of North America.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek phuletikos, from phuletēs 'tribesman', from phulē 'tribe'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: phy·let·ic

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