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subclass Syllabification: sub·class
Pronunciation: /ˈsəbklas/

Definition of subclass in English:


1A secondary or subordinate class.
Example sentences
  • This percentage was rather variable in proteins that belonged to different secondary structure subclasses.
  • The class includes a subclass whose members have claims or defences that raise common issues not shared by all class members.
  • You might define a more-general class polygon, which would have triangle as a subclass, along with other subclasses such as quadrilateral, pentagon and hexagon.
1.1 Biology A taxonomic category that ranks below class and above order.
Example sentences
  • Going on down the hierarchy are phylum, subphylum, class, subclass, order, family, genus, species.
  • The Russian author of the article in question used it to establish a new subclass, order, family, genus and species.
  • There are more than 700 extant species of cephalopods, divided into 2 subclasses, 5 orders, 47 families, and 139 genera.
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