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[mon-uh-jen-uh-sis or muh-noj-uh-nee] /ˌmɒn əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs or məˈnɒdʒ ə ni/
the hypothetical descent of the human race from a single pair of individuals.
Biology. the hypothetical descent of all living things from a single cell.
Origin of monogenesis
First recorded in 1860-65; mono- + -genesis Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The main argument for monogeny has been that the different races of mankind are fertile among themselves.

    Human Origins Samuel Laing
  • One point seems quite clear, that monogeny is only possible by extending the date of human origins far back into the Tertiaries.

    Human Origins Samuel Laing
British Dictionary definitions for monogeny


the hypothetical descent of all organisms from a single cell or organism
asexual reproduction in animals
the direct development of an ovum into an organism resembling the adult
the hypothetical descent of all human beings from a single pair of ancestors
Compare polygenesis
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Word Origin and History for monogeny

"theory that humankind originated from a single pair of ancestors," 1865; see mono- + -geny.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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monogeny in Medicine

monogenesis mon·o·gen·e·sis (mŏn'ə-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)

  1. The theory that all living organisms are descended from a single cell or organism.

  2. The production of similar organisms in successive generations.

  3. Asexual reproduction, as by sporulation or parthenogenesis.

  4. The process of parasitizing a single host, in or on which the entire life cycle of the parasite is passed.

mon'o·ge·net'ic (-jə-nět'ĭk) adj.
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