[ muh-noj-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ məˈnɒdʒ əˌnɪz əm /


the theory that the human race has descended from a single pair of individuals or a single ancestral type.

Origin of monogenism

First recorded in 1860–65; mono- + -gen + -ism
Related formsmo·nog·e·nist, nounmo·nog·e·nis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for monogenism


[ mə-nŏjə-nĭz′əm ]


The theory that all human beings are descended from a single pair of ancestors.
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