Definition of Taxonomy

1. Noun. A classification of organisms into groups based on similarities of structure or origin etc.

Generic synonyms: Hierarchy
Derivative terms: Taxonomic, Taxonomical, Taxonomist



2. Noun. (biology) study of the general principles of scientific classification.
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Systematics
Specialized synonyms: Cladistic Analysis, Cladistics
Derivative terms: Taxonomic, Taxonomical, Taxonomist

3. Noun. Practice of classifying plants and animals according to their presumed natural relationships.

Definition of Taxonomy

1. n. That division of the natural sciences which treats of the classification of animals and plants; the laws or principles of classification.

Definition of Taxonomy

1. Noun. (context: systematics uncountable) The science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms. ¹

2. Noun. The classification in a hierarchical system. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Taxonomy

1. the study of scientific classification [n -MIES]

Medical Definition of Taxonomy

1. The theories and techniques of naming, describing, and classifying organisms, the study of the relationships of taxa,including positional changes which do not involve changes in the names of taxa. The taxonomic hierarchy is, from top to bottom: kingdom, phylum (for animals) or division (for plants and fungi), class, order, family, genus, species. (09 Jan 1998)

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Literary usage of Taxonomy

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1. Principles of Animal Biology by Aaron Franklin Shull, George Roger Larue, Alexander Grant Ruthven (1920)
"CHAPTER XII taxonomy taxonomy (from the Greek taxis = arrangement and nomos = law; is literally ... The taxonomy of animals, with which this chapter deals, ..."

2. Botanical Abstracts by Board of Control of Botanical Abstracts (1921)
"Assistant Editor, Wiu.u- ROBBINS, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mis- , taxonomy of Vascular Plants. JM GREENM AK. Mis- souri Botanic'Al Garden, ..."

3. Botanical Abstracts by Board of Control of Botanical Abstracts (1920)
"Morphology, Anatomy and Histology of Vascular Plants. EW SINNOTT, Connecticut Agricultural College, Storrs, Connecticut. Morphology and taxonomy of Algae. ..."

4. Key to North American Birds: Containing a Concise Account of Every Species by Elliott Coues (1872)
"taxonomy (Gr. taxis, arrangement, and nomos, law), or the rational, lawful disposition of observed facts. Just as taxidermy is the art of fixing a bird's ..."

5. Laboratory Directions in Principles of Animal Biology by Aaron Franklin Shull, George Roger Larue, Alexander Grant Ruthven, Peter Olaus Okkelberg (1919)
"As applied to animals, taxonomy has for its object the discovery of the pedigree of every ... In the work on taxonomy, numerous sketches should be made, ..."

6. Trees of New York State: Native and Naturalized by Harry Philip Brown (1922)
"Thus we may have the taxonomy of mollusks. insects, worms, and of fishes, ... The taxonomy of plants deals with the kinds of plants (identification), ..."

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