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n. (used with a sing. verb)
1. The science of systematic classification.
2. A system of classification, as biosystematics.
3. Biology The systematic classification of organisms, especially in terms of the similarities or evolutionary relationships among them; taxonomy.


(Biology) (functioning as singular) the study of systems and the principles of classification and nomenclature


(ˌsɪs təˈmæt ɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the study of systems or of classification.
2. any system of classification.
3. the classification of organisms; taxonomy.


the study of classification and methods of classification. — systematician, systematist, n.
See also: Classification
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.systematics - the science of systematic classification
science, scientific discipline - a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"
biosystematics, biosystematy - use of data (e.g. cytogenetic or biochemical) to assess taxonomic relations especially within an evolutionary framework
taxonomy - (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification
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