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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The belief that deterioration of the human gene pool occurs by the increased survival and reproduction of people with undesirable traits.

dys·gen′ic adj.


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) of, relating to, or contributing to a degeneration or deterioration in the fitness and quality of a race or strain
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) of or relating to dysgenics


(dɪsˈdʒɛn ɪk)

pertaining to or causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced. Compare eugenic.
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Adj.1.dysgenic - pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced
eugenic - pertaining to or causing improvement in the offspring produced
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In this view, Darwinian and competitive forces were dysgenic, meaning that unchecked reproduction among the fecund and "swarthy" would overwhelm the genetically superior, leading ultimately to the degradation of the human race.
6%), (4) mixed gonadal dysgenesis, predisposes to gonadal malignancy due to presence of dysgenic cells.
Black feeble-mindedness would therefore be contained within the black population, which might hasten a "final solution" to the "Negro problem" as African Americans succumbed to dysgenic evolutionary pressures.
Chapter 14 addresses this issue, with an overview of potential dysgenic processes and measures that promote gene conservation.
Various regional and technical terms have been used to describe this method of harvesting, including diameter limit cutting, thinning from above, overstory removal and the more pejorative terms high-grading and dysgenic selection.
In her 1932 essay, "My Way to Peace," Sanger proposed that "the whole dysgenic population would have its choice of segregation or sterilization" (17).
By contrast, dysgenic processes in which individual choices lead to socially undesirable outcomes are the back side of the invisible hand, or the invisible fist.
2) The literature reflects roughly one-half to two-thirds of intraocular astrocytomas linked to a dysgenic syndrome or with retinitis pigmentosa.
Regularly featuring episodes of world calamity--outbursts of terrorism, dysgenic programs that cripple the species--Daniel's narrative is a record left by the old that instructs the new and naive.
Thus, scientists at the time viewed World War I as entirely dysgenic.
In the April 1932 issue of her organization's Birth Control Review, Sanger proposed "to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.
One might expect Pinker to be sympathetic to the argument that the wide availability of legal abortion causes people to have fewer unwanted children, who are more likely to become criminals, but he presents a different kind of argument that has some interesting dysgenic implications: