or mo·nog·e·ny

[mon-uh-jen-uh-sis or muh-noj-uh-nee]


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.

Nearby words

  1. monogamic,
  2. monogamist,
  3. monogamous,
  4. monogamy,
  5. monogenean,
  6. monogenetic,
  7. monogenic,
  8. monogenism,
  9. monogenous,
  10. monogeny

Origin of monogenesis

First recorded in 1860–65; mono- + -genesis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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)


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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Medicine definitions for monogenesis




The theory that all living organisms are descended from a single cell or organism.
The production of similar organisms in successive generations.
Asexual reproduction, as by sporulation or parthenogenesis.
The process of parasitizing a single host, in or on which the entire life cycle of the parasite is passed.
Related formsmon′o•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) adj.

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