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n. (used with a sing. verb)
A system of classification based on the presumed phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of groups of organisms.

cla·dis′tic, cla·dis′ti·cal adj.
cla·dis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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(Biology) (functioning as singular) biology a method of grouping animals that makes use of lines of descent rather than structural similarities
[C20: New Latin, from Greek klādos branch, shoot]
cladism n
cladist n
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(kləˈdɪs tɪks)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. a system of classification of organisms based on the branchings of clades.
2. the study of such systems.
clad•ist (ˈklæd ɪst) n.
cla•dis′tic, adj.
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Noun1.cladistics - a system of biological taxonomy based on the quantitative analysis of comparative data and used to reconstruct cladograms summarizing the (assumed) phylogenetic relations and evolutionary history of groups of organisms
taxonomy - (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification
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They see a grand synthesis between developmental genetics and cladistics, and work to interest students in creating it.
He has served as editor for a number of scientific journals, including Systematic Zoology (1977-1979), the Journal of the New York Entomological Society (1983-1989), and Cladistics (1990-1993).
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