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A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a phylum or its subdivisions and above a class.


(Biology) a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a subphylum


(ˈsu pərˌklæs, -ˌklɑs)

n. Biol.
1. a category of related classes within a phylum or subphylum.
2. a subphylum.
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Noun1.superclass - (biology) a taxonomic class below a phylum and above a class
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group - animal or plant group having natural relations
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Only one responsibility is needed to define an abstract superclass, but at least two specific subclasses of it are required before one can hope to design a generally useful abstraction.
Even when new subclasses are needed, they are easy to produce because the abstract superclasses provide their design and much of their code.
However, not only is it very helpful for the designer to start with a high-level design that describes the components and their interfaces, but some of the concrete classes inherit a lot of code from their abstract superclasses. In particular, SVIDContainer inherits operations from ObjectContainer to manage a table of open MemoryObjects and from its superclass UnixContainer to read and write disk inodes, while SVIDInode inherits most of its operations from UnixInode.