Definition of phylogenetic in US English:

phylogenetic

adjective

Biology
  • Relating to the evolutionary development and diversification of a species or group of organisms, or of a particular feature of an organism.

    ‘the phylogenetic relationship of mammalian species’
    • ‘The research leads to a more recent common ancestor for humans than phylogenetic estimates that assume a relationship with chimpanzees.’
    • ‘The putative affiliative bond is argued to be part of the phylogenetic heritage of the men of our species.’
    • ‘Antibiotic peptides constitute a major component of the innate defense system shared by organisms from throughout the phylogenetic tree, including humans.’
    • ‘These channels play an important physiological role in living cells of diverse phylogenetic origin.’
    • ‘More than 200 sexually transmitted pathogens have been reported in animals covering a wide phylogenetic range.’
    • ‘We determined the phylogenetic position of this strain within the genus Wolbachia to ascertain its nearest relatives.’
    • ‘His phylogenetic explanation of the origin of language stands in service of his empiricist effort to ground human knowledge.’
    • ‘Phylogenetic adaptation represents the production of superior replicator genes, whose phenotypes manifest in any or all of a variety of abilities.’
    • ‘They represent the segmental architecture of our phylogenetic ancestors.’
    • ‘The conventional method for identifying a potential drug target in rRNA is phylogenetic analysis.’

Pronunciation

phylogenetic

/ˌfīlōjəˈnedik//ˌfaɪloʊdʒəˈnɛdɪk/