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[muh-noj-uh-niz-uh m]
  1. 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
Related formsmo·nog·e·nist, nounmo·nog·e·nis·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples of monogenists

  • The monogenists then resorted to an argumentation still more indirect.

    On the Phenomena of Hybridity in the Genus Homo

    Paul Broca

  • The monogenists have at first made great efforts to furnish such a demonstration, but without success.

  • The monogenists are thus deprived of their principal basis and their sole scientific argument.

monogenists in Medicine


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