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dysgenic

[dis-jen-ik]
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adjective Pathology.
  1. pertaining to or causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced.
Compare eugenic.

Origin of dysgenic

First recorded in 1910–15; dys- + -genic
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Examples from the Web for dysgenic

Historical Examples

  • This is not alcoholism, and cannot be considered a dysgenic factor.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • But a dysgenic factor in an animal is a dysgenic factor, and that is all there is to it.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • It is a dysgenic factor but much less important than sadism.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • It is an undesirable trait, but cannot be considered a dysgenic factor.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson

  • But in spite of all this, ill-assorted, dysgenic marriages will still be made.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for dysgenic

dysgenic

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or contributing to a degeneration or deterioration in the fitness and quality of a race or strain
  2. of or relating to dysgenics
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dysgenic in Medicine

dysgenic

(dĭs-jĕnĭk)
adj.
  1. Relating to or causing the deterioration of hereditary qualities in offspring.
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