[mon-oh-fahy-let-ik] /ˌmɒn oʊ faɪˈlɛt ɪk/

Biology. consisting of organisms descended from a single taxon.
relating to or characterized by descent from a single ancestral group of animals or plants
(of animals or plants) of or belonging to a single stock

monophyletic mon·o·phy·let·ic (mŏn’ō-fī-lět’ĭk)

mon’o·phy’le·tism (-fī’lĭ-tĭz’əm) n.
Relating to a taxonomic group that contains all the descendants of a single common ancestor. All clades, such as birds and placental mammals, are monophyletic. Compare paraphyletic, polyphyletic.


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