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the orderly classification of organisms or lists into appropriate categories (taxa), with application of suitable and correct names. adj., adj taxonom´ic.
numerical taxonomy a method of classifying organisms solely on the basis of the number of shared phenotypic characters, each character usually being given equal weight; used primarily in bacteriology.
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The branch of taxonomy that uses mathematical methods to evaluate observable differences and similarities between taxonomic groups.
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numerical taxonomythe study of the relationships between organisms by means of determining the number of characteristics they have in common. see TAXONOMY, CLASSIFICATION. See also CHARACTER INDEX.
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