neo-Darwinism [ nee-oh- dahr-wi-niz- uh m ] SHOW IPA / ˌni oʊˈdɑr wɪˌnɪz əm / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun . Biology the theory of evolution as expounded by later students of Charles Darwin, especially Weismann, holding that natural selection accounts for evolution and denying the inheritance of acquired characters. any modern theory of evolution holding that species evolve by natural selection acting on genetic variation. Origin of neo-Darwinism
First recorded in
1900–05 OTHER WORDS FROM neo-Darwinism ne·o-Dar·win·i·an, adjective, noun ne·o-Dar·win·ist, noun
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This affords a striking instance of the pernicious influence which
Neo-Darwinism is exercising on the minds of men to-day.
We would emphasise that it is not Darwinism we are attacking, but that which is erroneously called
Neo-Darwinism. Neo-Darwinism is a pathological growth on Darwinism, which, we fear, can be removed only by a surgical operation.
I had as yet no idea that a writer could attack
Neo-Darwinism without attacking evolution. British Dictionary definitions for neo-darwinism noun the modern version of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which incorporates the principles of genetics to explain how inheritable variations can arise by mutation Derived forms of Neo-Darwinism Neo-Darwinian, adjective, noun
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Medicine definitions for neo-darwinism n. Darwinism as modified by the findings of modern genetics.
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Science definitions for neo-darwinism Darwinism as modified by the findings of modern genetics, stating that mutations due to random copying errors in DNA cause variation within a population of individual organisms and that natural selection acts upon these variations.
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