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 (kē′mō-tăk-sŏn′ə-mē, kĕm′ō-)
The classification of organisms based on differences at the biochemical level, as in the amino acid sequences of common proteins.

che′mo·tax′o·nom′ic (-tăk′sə-nŏm′ĭk) adj.
che′mo·tax′o·nom′i·cal·ly adv.
che′mo·tax·on′o·mist n.


the taxonomy of species of organisms based on biochemical characteristics


(ˌki moʊ tækˈsɒn ə mi, ˌkɛm oʊ-)

the classification of organisms by comparative analysis of their biochemical composition.
che`mo•tax`o•nom′ic (-səˈnɒm ɪk) adj.
che`mo•tax`o•nom′i•cal•ly, adv.
che`mo•tax•on′o•mist, n.
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We return to three issues in the first paragraph of our introduction: Taxonomists have circumscribed Cannabis populations using morphology, chemotaxonomy, and genetics.
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This approach is supported by various scientific studies: classical taxonomy, chemotaxonomy, and molecular analysis.
Results could open new frontiers for different areas, including chemotaxonomy due to the environmental plasticity and temporal variation in the morphology of some algae, which make species identification difficult at the biochemical and molecular level (YEH; CHEN, 2004; POMIN; MOURAO, 2008; RODRIGUES et al.
Chemotaxonomy of Pseudowintera: Sesquiterpene dialdehyde variants are species markers.
Aimed at students and young as well as seasoned researchers, this three-volume reference presents the chemical structures of primary and secondary metabolites in relation to their chemotaxonomy and their chemical ecology, and covers the principal properties and applications of these metabolites (pharmacological research, food, biotechnology).
The present study is aimed: to explore indigenous medicinal plants of Pakistan and enlist their therapeutic effects to highlight the significance of classical taxonomic approaches in identification of medicinal herbs to construct chemotaxonomy approach a modern systematic technique for the authentication of herbal medicines to provide the pharmacognostic evaluation of indigenous medicinal plants and to aware the local community about adulteration problems a comprehensive study be carried out related to herbal medicines.
Chemotaxonomy and geographical distribution of tropane alkaloids.
Fatty acid composition of Spirulina and Spirulina-like cyanobacteria in relation to their chemotaxonomy.