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numerical taxonomy (s) (noun), numerical taxonomies (pl)
An arithmetic method of classifying large numbers of bacterial organisms on the basis of their overall similarity to one another, according to the number of phenotypic (biochemical) characteristics that they have in common: The microbiologists, Linda and Jeff, used numerical taxonomy to help them identify and to categorize the various bacterial strains that they were examining.
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