[ mon-oh-juh-net-ik ]

  1. of or relating to monogenesis; monogenous.

  2. (of certain trematode worms) having only one generation in the life cycle, without an intermediate asexual generation.

Origin of monogenetic

First recorded in 1870–75; mono- + genetic

Words Nearby monogenetic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use monogenetic in a sentence

  • This monogenetic propagation is very common among the protists, both protophyta and protozoa.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • Such dyes are termed monogenetic, because they can only generate or yield different shades of but one colour.

  • In the various colours and dyes we have all phases, and the monogenetic shades almost imperceptibly into the polygenetic.

  • Both classes have also in common an exclusively monogenetic reproduction.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel

British Dictionary definitions for monogenetic


monogenous (mɒˈnɒdʒənəs)

/ (ˌmɒnəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or showing monogenesis

  2. of or relating to parasitic animals, such as some flukes, that complete their life cycle on only one host

  1. (of rocks and rock formations) formed from one source or by one process

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