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  1. relationship by descent from a common ancestor; kinship (distinguished from affinity).
  2. close relationship or connection.
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Origin of consanguinity

1350–1400; Middle English consanguinite (< Anglo-French) < Latin consanguinitās. See consanguineous, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for consanguinity


  1. relationship by blood; kinship
  2. close affinity or connection
  3. geology (of igneous rocks) similarity of origin, as shown by common mineral and chemical compositions and often texture
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Derived Formsconsanguineous or consanguine, adjectiveconsanguineously, adverb

Word Origin

C14: see con-, sanguine
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Word Origin and History for consanguinity


c.1400, from Middle French consanguinité, from Latin consanguinitatem (nominative consanguinitas), from consanguineus "consanguineous, of the same blood," from com- "together" (see com-) + sanguineus "of blood" (see sanguine).

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consanguinity in Medicine


  1. Relationship by blood or by a common ancestor.
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