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[proj-uh-nee] /ˈprɒdʒ ə ni/
noun, plural progeny or, for plants or animals progenies.
a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal.
such descendants or offspring collectively.
something that originates or results from something else; outcome; issue.
Origin of progeny
1250-1300; Middle English progenie < Middle French < Latin prōgeniēs offspring, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + gen-, base of gignere to beget (akin to kin) + -iēs feminine noun suffix Unabridged
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  • Her instinctive fear of the father of her progeny was toning down.

    White Fang Jack London
  • progeny of good quality grow up, so to speak, by themselves.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • These he mates, and from their progeny he selects the ones that suit him best.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • It would be out of fashion—Danny's progeny have taken care of that.

  • In motive and method it is not business, it is different from trade; for it is a progeny of pity.

British Dictionary definitions for progeny


noun (pl) -nies
the immediate descendant or descendants of a person, animal, etc
a result or outcome
Word Origin
C13: from Latin prōgeniēs lineage; see progenitor
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Word Origin and History for progeny

early 14c., from Old French progenie (13c.) and directly from Latin progenies "descendants, offspring, lineage, race, family," from stem of progignere "beget," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + gignere "to produce, beget" (see genus).

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progeny in Medicine

progeny prog·e·ny (prŏj'ə-nē)
n. pl. progeny or prog·e·nies

  1. One born of, begotten by, or derived from another; an offspring or a descendant.

  2. Offspring or descendants considered as a group.

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