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n. pl. sub·fam·i·lies
1. Biology A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a family and above a genus.
2. Linguistics A division of languages below a family and above a branch.


n, pl -lies
1. (Biology) biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a family
2. any analogous subdivision, as of a family of languages


(sʌbˈfæm ə li, -ˈfæm li, ˈsʌbˌfæm ə li, -ˌfæm li)

n., pl. -lies.
1. Biol. a category of related genera within a family.
2. a group of related languages within a family, constituting a higher order than a branch.
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Noun1.subfamily - (biology) a taxonomic category below a family
Latinae - a subfamily of the family Centropomidae
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group - animal or plant group having natural relations
family - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
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Previous research suggests that transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily, member 1 (TRPV1) may play a role in the inflammation and itching associated with atopic dermatitis, but use of a TRPV antagonist as treatment has not been well studied, wrote Y.W Lee, MD, of Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues.
The subfamily Cassidinae has about 6,000 species distributed into 324 genera.
ovipneumoniae is specific to the subfamily Caprinae (5) or has a host range limited to Caprinae (6), despite publications describing M.
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malabaricus (Bloch, 1794) 2 79.5 0.31 Family Acestrorhynchidae Subfamily Acestrorhynchinae Acestrorhynchus lacustris (Lutken, 1875) 65 422.9 53.19 Family Serrasalmidae Metynnis lippincottianus (Cope, 1870)** 3 5.7 0.03 Metynnis maculatus (Kner, 1858)** 33 290.2 18.53 Myleus micans (Lutken, 1875)* 16 19.22 0.60 Serrasalmus brandtii Lutken, 1875* -- -- -- Family Characidae Psellogrammus kennedyi (Eigenmann, 1903) -- -- -- Incertae sedis Astyanax aff.
The subfamily Psychodinae is commonly known as the drain, moth, or filter fly because these are commonly found on the sites of buildings, such as sewers, cesspools, septic tank, sewage treatment plants, and other dark and moist places (3).
Gorochov AV (2004) Review of the subfamily Pteroplistinae (Orthoptera Gryllidae).
We further identified the Hymenoptera to subfamily or family (whichever was the lowest level identified by Goulet and Huber, 1993).