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n. pl. su·per·fam·i·lies
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order or its subdivisions and above a family.
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n, pl -lies
1. (Biology) biology a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a suborder
2. any analogous group, such as a group of related languages
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(ˈsu pərˌfæm ə li, -ˌfæm li)

n., pl. -lies. Biol.
a category of related families within an order or suborder.
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Noun1.superfamily - (biology) a taxonomic group ranking below an order but above a family
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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Here he first describes species in Class Reptilia in the Orders Squamata, Crycodylia, and Testudinata and their infraorders, superfamilies, and families.
The species from KBFSC represent eight of the sixteen monophyletic orthopteran superfamilies (sensu Song et al.
Families and superfamilies have been used in the remote homology detection problem because we can easily identify proteins with the same function whose primary sequences no longer reflect an evolutionary relationship.
The experiments he referred to were studies of two enzyme superfamilies which found that "special attributes of the ancestral versions of these enzyme superfamilies" combined with a "self-reinforcing feedback system they would have formed with the first genes and proteins." The earliest biology on Earth would have started as a result, and life-forms would eventually move toward increasing complexity and diversity.
We include the nucleotides that bind to at least 50 chains where these chains belong to at least 20 different superfamilies based on the SCOP classification [14].
Nematode eggs were diagnosed in positive samples of the superfamilies Trichostrongyloidea (4.60%; 8/174; Figure 1D), Ascaridoidea (0.57%; 1/174; Figure 1E), and Trichuroidea (0.57%; 1/174; Figure 1F).
Within Caviomorpha, the 4 traditional superfamilies were recovered with ~32 Ma stem divergences as Cavioidea + Erethizontoidea and Chinchilloidea + Octodontoidea.
Biologists review the major strategies for identifying homologous proteins and classifying them into families; some interesting superfamilies for which there is substantial data on sequences, structures, and functions; and groups of families associated with a particular biological theme.
In the past, several machine learning approaches have been developed for the classification of protein sequences into functional or structural existing superfamilies [16, 19-22].
Lenardo, "The TNF and TNF receptor superfamilies: integrating mammalian biology," Cell, vol.