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A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below a phylum or its subdivisions and above a class.
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(Biology) a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a subphylum
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(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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However, in his book Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, David Rothkopf (CFR) posits that about 7,000 individuals (CEOs, bankers, political brahmins, NGO/IGO chiefs, media mandarins, etc.) basically run the world and set the global agenda.
To that end, IPC-6012, the longstanding bare board qualification spec, now has an automotive supplement, reflecting the "superclass" of reliability for that sector above and beyond Class 2.
Pity, what a loss I see happening at the hands of a habitual turncoat, superclass sycophant and a crooked politician, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.
The world is seeing through these antics, and was doing well before the Skripal production hit the West End, and is no longer interested in May and Williamson's fatuous, irresponsible taunts and jibes to which Lavrov has replied with a polite yawn, recognising their aim of driving a wedge between Putin and Trump and disrupting China's massive Silk Road Project, for motives which they believe must benefit their own superclass. Bill Haymes Spon End
In [14], the proposed technique is based on implicit locking so that some intention locking overhead can be reduced by locking on frequently access classes intead of locking on every superclass of a class to be accessed.
Taxonomically, Caryospora species, belong to Eukaryota domain, Corticata superkingdom, Chromista kingdom, Harosa subkingdom, Halvaria infrakingdom, Alveolata superphylum, the Miozoa phylum, Myzozoa subphylum, Avicomplexa infraphylum, the Sporozoa superclass, Coccidiomorphea class, Coccidia subclass, the Eimeriida order, and the Eimeriidae family and consists of cyst-forming protozoan parasites found in the intestine of various species of reptiles and birds.
Caption: Figure 4: Performance comparison: precision-recall curve of VSC, VSC_WCO, and other methods on each superclass of ESB and whole ESB database.
We found that there are some inconsistencies in certain aspects of the GSC, such as the number of times an entity is annotated and the simultaneous annotation of superclass and subclass entities.
b) entities sets that come into relationships sets superclass / subclass;
We are creating an elite superclass of swimmers, or runners, or rowers, or dressage riders, or whatever - many drawn from an existing public school elite - to enjoy a richly-rewarded life as sportsmen and women.
As the properties of the superclass are inherited by its subclasses, and in order to apply our algorithm, using the ontology described above, we assume that each subclass (or subconcept) in the ontology contains one more property than its superclass (superconcept).