cladistic, adj.cladistically, adv.
/kleuh dis"tiks/, n. Biol. (used with a pl. v.)
classification of organisms based on the branchings of descendant lineages from a common ancestor.
[1965-70; cladist(ic) (see CLAD-, -ISTIC) + -ICS]

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