Binomial Nomenclature

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binomial nomenclature

[bī′nō·mē·əl ‚nō·mən′klā·chər]
The Linnean system of classification requiring the designation of a binomen, the genus and species name, for every species of plant and animal.

Binomial Nomenclature


the designation of plants, animals, and microorganisms by a double name—by genus and species. Binomial nomenclature was introduced by C. Linnaeus, who systematically used it in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae (1759). All the generally accepted zoological and botanical nomenclature in Latin comes from this work—for example, Betula pubescens (white birch), Cervus elaphus (red deer).

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Authors should be aware that previous taxonomic spelling of binomial names exist and check their historic evolution in the List of Prokaryotic Names with Standing in Nomenclature (www.
Traditional binomial names, if used, would no longer reflect a genus and specific epithet and could be replaced with uninomials.
The new ICTV Executive Committee established at the 12th International Congress of Virology, held in Paris in July 2002, will decide in the near future if binomial names of virus species should be introduced.