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Style Notes: Taxonomic Names in Microbiology and Their Adjectival Derivatives

Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(6):419-420. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-110-6-419
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The need for bacteriologists to be sure that a reference to a particular species would be unambiguously understood by others led to the development of formal conventions governing the names of bacterial species and groups of species. These conventions are published under the title, International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria. The code represents the application of principles of classification (taxonomy) to the development of a systematic nomenclature (1, 2) built on the conceptual basis for bacteriologic classification. The names developed according to these principles of classification and representing "official" designations are called "taxonomic names." Similar conventions have also been developed




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