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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. a science concerned with bettering the condition of human beings through the improvement of their environment.
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Origin of euthenics

1900–05; < Greek euthēn(eîn) to be well off, prosper + -ics
Related formseu·then·ist [yoo-then-ist, yoo-thuh-nist] /yuˈθɛn ɪst, ˈyu θə nɪst/, noun
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Examples from the Web for euthenics

Historical Examples

  • Euthenics precedes eugenics, developing better men now, and thus inevitably creating a better race of men in the future.

    Euthenics, the science of controllable environment

    Ellen H. Richards

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for euthenics


  1. (functioning as singular) the study of the control of the environment, esp with a view to improving the health and living standards of the human race
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Derived Formseuthenist, noun

Word Origin

C20: from Greek euthēnein to thrive
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euthenics in Medicine


  1. The science concerned with establishing the optimum living conditions for plants, animals, or humans, especially through proper provisioning and environment.
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