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[kon-sang-gwin-ee-uh s] /ˌkɒn sæŋˈgwɪn i əs/
having the same ancestry or descent; related by blood.
Also, consanguine
[kon-sang-gwin] /kɒnˈsæŋ gwɪn/ (Show IPA),
Origin of consanguineous
1595-1605; < Latin consanguineus, equivalent to con- con- + sanguin- (stem of sanguis) blood + -eus -eous
Related forms
consanguineously, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for consanguineous
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  • The popular idea is that consanguineous marriages are bad per se.


    William J. Robinson
  • consanguineous marriages are everywhere regarded as baneful.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan
  • Tylor, Mr., on the prohibition of consanguineous marriages, ii.

  • Virchow, Prof., blindness occurring in the offspring of consanguineous marriages, ii.

  • The idea that the children from consanguineous marriages are apt to be deaf and dumb has no foundation in fact.


    William J. Robinson
  • Consanguinity means blood relationship, and consanguineous marriages are marriages between near blood relatives.


    William J. Robinson
  • consanguineous or blood kinship, which includes not only the gens of the father, but also those of the mother and grandmothers.

  • Of all the deaf born without hearing, 13.5 per cent are the offspring of consanguineous marriages.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • consanguineous marriages, so far as the effect on deafness is concerned, are not of relatively frequent occurrence.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • During the ensuing 160 years there were ninety-one marriages, of which sixteen were consanguineous.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
Word Origin and History for consanguineous

c.1600, from Latin consanguineus "of the same blood" (see consanguinity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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consanguineous in Medicine

consanguineous con·san·guin·e·ous (kŏn'sān-gwĭn'ē-əs, -sāng-)
Exhibiting consanguinity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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