Definition of Clade
Clade: Related organisms descended from a common ancestor. For example, isolate M of HIV-1 (the human immunodeficiency virus) consists of at least ten clades. Imported from the Greek, klados, branch in 1911 in reference to the Tree of Life.
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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