cacogenics


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cacogenics

(ˌkækəʊˈdʒɛnɪks)
n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) another name for dysgenics
[C20: from caco- + eugenics]
ˌcacoˈgenic adj

cacogenics

Biology. the study of the operation of factors that cause degeneration in offspring, especially as applied to factors unique to separate races. Also called dysgenics. — cacogenic, adj.
See also: Race
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Noun1.cacogenics - the study of the operation of factors causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced
bioscience, life science - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms
References in periodicals archive ?
Davenport, The Nam Family: A Study in Cacogenics (Cold Spring Harbor, N.
Surely we have come a long way from the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when "eugenics" (the movement devoted to improving the human species through the control of hereditary factors relating to the bearing of healthy children) was fueled by pseudoscientific claims that the human race consisted of 'two classes' the eugenic and the cacogenic (or poorly born).