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[yoo-then-iks] /yuˈθɛn ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
a science concerned with bettering the condition of human beings through the improvement of their environment.
Origin of euthenics
1900-05; < Greek euthēn(eîn) to be well off, prosper + -ics
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[yoo-then-ist, yoo-thuh-nist] /yuˈθɛn ɪst, ˈyu θə nɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • euthenics precedes eugenics, developing better men now, and thus inevitably creating a better race of men in the future.

  • euthenics is the term proposed for the preliminary science on which Eugenics must be based.

  • In another hundred years, then, euthenics may give place to Eugenics, and the better race of men become an actuality.

  • In this sense, euthenics and eugenics bear the same relation to human progress as a man's two legs do to his locomotion.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The moment of conception is the point at which eugenics gives place to euthenics.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • It is, however, a phase of euthenics, which deals with the environmental factors that affect the individual life.

    Sex-education Maurice Alpheus Bigelow
British Dictionary definitions for euthenics


(functioning as sing) the study of the control of the environment, esp with a view to improving the health and living standards of the human race
Derived Forms
euthenist, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek euthēnein to thrive
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euthenics in Medicine

euthenics eu·then·ics (yōō-thěn'ĭks)
The science concerned with establishing the optimum living conditions for plants, animals, or humans, especially through proper provisioning and environment.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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