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subphylum n : (biology) a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and a class [also: subphyla (pl)]

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  1. A taxonomic category below phylum and above class

Extensive Definition

In life, a subphylum is a taxonomic rank intermediate between phylum and superclass. The rank of subdivision in plants and fungi is equivalent to subphylum.
Not all phyla are divided into subphyla. Those that are include:
subphylum in Catalan: Subfílum
subphylum in Czech: Podkmen
subphylum in Welsh: Is-ffylwm
subphylum in Italian: Subphylum
subphylum in Lithuanian: Potipis
subphylum in Hungarian: Altörzs (rendszertan)
subphylum in Dutch: Onderstam (biologie)
subphylum in Finnish: Alajakso
subphylum in Thai: ไฟลัมย่อย
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