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superfamily

 [soo´per-fam″ĭ-le]
1. a taxonomic category sometimes established, subordinate to an order and superior to a family.
2. any of a group of proteins having similarities such as areas of structural homology and believed to descend from the same ancestral gene, such as the superfamily of immunoglobulins.

superfamily

/su·per·fam·i·ly/ (soo´per-fam″ĭ-le)
1. a taxonomic category between an order and a family.
2. any of a group of proteins having similarities such as areas of structural homology and believed to descend from the same ancestral gene.

superfamily

(so͞o′pər-făm′ə-lē)
n. pl. superfami·lies
A taxonomic category of related organisms ranking below an order or its subdivisions and above a family.

superfamily

a taxon above a family and below an order.

superfamily

a group of proteins related in structure but different in function, e.g. immunoglobulin superfamily which includes immunoglobulins, T cell receptor, major histocompatibility class I and II, β2-microglobulin, α/β glycoprotein, neuronal cell-adhesive molecule (N-CAM) and neurocytoplasmic protein 3 (NP3).
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He describes the characterization of the Tylenchida, including the suborders and their families and superfamilies, morphometric behavior and functional morphology, including body diameter and pharynx relationships, the position of the median bulb and vulva, stylet growth, and tail length, the body wall including the body cuticle and excretory-secretory system, the nervous system, the head, the digestive system, and the genital systems of both male and female.
examines what the atrypid brachiopod has to say about conditions in the Silurian, giving the stratigraphic outline, systematic paleontology, and configurations from order Atrypid Rzhonsnitskaya, family Atrypinidae McEwab, and superfamilies Lissatrypoidea Twenhofel and Glassioidea Schuchert and Levene.