Sensu lato



(Science: taxonomy) "In the broad sense" (especially of a taxon, that is including all its subordinate taxa and/or other taxa other times considered as distinct).


A term in taxonomy to specify which circumscription of a given taxon is meant, where more than one circumscription has been defined. For instance: In the broader APG circumscription the family Malvaceae s.l. includes Malvaceae s.s. and also the families Bombacaceae, Sterculiaceae and Tiliaceae.

Word origin: ablative case of sensus "sense" and latus "broad".

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