Definition of superfamily in English:


Line breaks: super|fam¦ily
Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpəˌfamɪli
, -m(ə)l-, ˈsjuː-/

noun (plural superfamilies)

A taxonomic category that ranks above family and below order.
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  • The first group includes the molecule belonging to the species of the superfamilies Cavioidea and Chinchilloidea, which conserves the number of residues (chain A with 21 and chain B with 30 residues).
  • On the basis of broad structural characteristics, amphibian antimicrobial peptides have been grouped into superfamilies, each being differentiated into various families.
  • Several of the superfamilies include members from two or three different eukaryotic kingdoms, which suggests that they have diverged early during or before eukaryotic evolution.

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