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  1. rebirth; regeneration.
  2. Biology.
    1. embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species.
    2. Obsolete.the supposed generation of organisms from others preformed in the germ cells.
  3. baptism in the Christian faith.
  4. the doctrine of transmigration of souls.
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Origin of palingenesis

1615–25; < New Latin < Greek pálin again + génesis genesis
Related formspal·in·ge·ne·si·an [pal-in-juh-nee-zhee-uh n, -zhuh n] /ˌpæl ɪn dʒəˈni ʒi ən, -ʒən/, pal·in·ge·net·ic [pal-in-juh-net-ik] /ˌpæl ɪn dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjectivepal·in·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of palingenesis

  • The palingenesis of Leroux or Fourier removes the radical injustice.

    The Idea of Progress

    J. B. Bury

  • The process of the Palingenesis—this picture of immortality—is described.

  • The process of the Palingenesis, this picture of immortality, is described.

  • Metempsychosis with Buddhists resolves itself into continuous metamorphosis or Palingenesis.

  • Delormel, Descartes, and Lavater were struck with the tremendous importance of the doctrine of Palingenesis.


    Th. Pascal

British Dictionary definitions for palingenesis


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. Christianity spiritual rebirth through metempsychosis of Christian baptism
  2. biology another name for recapitulation (def. 2)
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Derived Formspalingenetic (ˌpælɪndʒəˈnɛtɪk), adjectivepalingenetically, adverb

Word Origin for palingenesis

C19: from Greek palin again + genesis birth, genesis
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palingenesis in Medicine


  1. The repetition by a single organism of various stages in the evolution of its species during embryonic development.
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