Definition of monophyletic in English:


Line breaks: mono|phy¦let¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)fʌɪˈlɛtɪk


  • (Of a group of organisms) descended from a common evolutionary ancestor or ancestral group, especially one not shared with any other group.
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    • 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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