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Of or relating to the evolutionary descent and development of a species or other taxonomic group of organisms, especially to gradual change rather than to the branching of taxa.

[From Greek phūletikos, of or for a tribesman, from phūletēs, tribesman, from phūlē, tribe; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

phy·let′i·cal·ly adv.
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(faɪˈlɛtɪk) or


(Biology) of or relating to the evolution of a species or group of organisms
[C19: from Greek phuletikos tribal]
phyˈletically, ˌphylogeˈnetically adv
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(faɪˈlɛt ɪk)

of, pertaining to, or based on the evolutionary or developmental history of a related group of organisms.
[1880–85; < Greek phȳletikós pertaining to a tribesman =phȳlét(ēs) tribesman (derivative of phylḗ phyle) + -ikos -ic]
phy•let′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.phyletic - of or relating to the evolutionary development of organisms; "phylogenetic development"
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More studies are needed to confirm whether other common rodents in the United Kingdom are hosts for this virus and to further characterize its phyletic relationships and zoonotic potential.
I told him I was intrigued by a discussion of phyletic extinction in his keynote and asked him when he believes this sea change will commence (if it hasn't already).
In his gradualism (or phyletic gradualism), Darwin said that species evolve slowly, rather than suddenly.
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A phyletic perspective on the allometry of plant biomass and functional organ-categories.
Brassicales are an ideal group for demonstrating phyletic events because we have good molecular data showing the probable clades of the order, and we have a number of instances of shift from one type of imperforate tracheary element to another.
ABSTRACT The Caribbean king crab Damithrax spinosissimus, a phyletic giant and the largest crab in the western Atlantic, was used to explore the costs of brooding, in terms of reproductive investment, in marine invertebrates.
Such inter-species comparisons not only permit the establishment of homologies (3) or phyletic (4) connections but also the observation of additional analogies (5) or convergences that are due to similar environments or similar functional contexts.
Various investigations deal with phyletic affinities during evolution and comparison with non-human hominoids.