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monogenism

[ muh-noj-uh-niz-uhm ]
/ məˈnɒdʒ əˌnɪz əm /
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noun
the theory that the human race has descended from a single pair of individuals or a single ancestral type.
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Origin of monogenism

First recorded in 1860–65; mono- + -gen + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM monogenism

mo·nog·e·nist, nounmo·nog·e·nis·tic, adjective
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How to use monogenism in a sentence

  • Five-sixths of the public are taught this Adamitic Monogenism as if it were an established truth, and believe it.

    Bible Romances|George W. Foote

Medical definitions for monogenism

monogenism
[ mə-nŏjə-nĭz′əm ]

n.
The theory that all human beings are descended from a single pair of ancestors.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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