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Meaning of systematics

sys•tem•at•ics

Pronunciation: (sis"tu-mat'iks), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.)
  1. the study of systems or of classification.
    1. the study and classification of organisms with the goal of reconstructing their evolutionary histories and relationships.
    2. phylogenetic classification.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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