- (biology) pertaining to a subspecies. Usage as a formal term of nomenclature: only in zoology and bacteriology, not in botany. Informal usage is not restricted.
Variant of subspecies
any natural subdivision of a species that exhibits small, but persistent, morphological variations from other subdivisions of the same species living in different geographical regions or times: the subspecies name is usually the third term (not capitalized) in a trinomial (Ex.: the scientific name for Neanderthal man is Homo sapiens neanderthalensis)
Origin of subspeciesModL: see sub- + species