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or mo·nog·e·ny

[mon-uh-jen-uh-sis or muh-noj-uh-nee]
  1. the hypothetical descent of the human race from a single pair of individuals.
  2. Biology. the hypothetical descent of all living things from a single cell.
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Origin of monogenesis

First recorded in 1860–65; mono- + -genesis
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Historical Examples of monogenesis

  • Polygenesis in his inventions may probably be regarded as testimony in favour of the monogenesis of Man.

    The Evolution of Culture

    Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers

British Dictionary definitions for monogenesis


monogeny (mɒˈnɒdʒɪnɪ)

  1. the hypothetical descent of all organisms from a single cell or organism
  2. asexual reproduction in animals
  3. the direct development of an ovum into an organism resembling the adult
  4. the hypothetical descent of all human beings from a single pair of ancestors
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monogenesis in Medicine


  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.
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Related formsmon′o•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) adj.
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