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Development from a single source, such as a cell, an ancestor, or a language.

mo·nog′e·nous (mə-nŏj′ə-nəs) adj.


(ˌmɒnəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) ,




1. (Biology) the hypothetical descent of all organisms from a single cell or organism
2. (Biology) asexual reproduction in animals
3. (Biology) the direct development of an ovum into an organism resembling the adult
4. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the hypothetical descent of all human beings from a single pair of ancestors


(ˌmɒn əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

also mo•nog•e•ny

(məˈnɒdʒ ə ni)

1. the hypothetical descent of all life forms from a single living entity.
2. asexual reproduction.
3. reproduction without dissimilar forms in the life cycle of an organism.
4. parasitism on a single host during the entire life cycle of an organism.
mon`o•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


1. asexual processes of reproduction, as budding.
2. development of an ovum directly into a form like that of the parent, without metamorphosis. — monogenetic, adj.
See also: Biology
monogenism. See also organisms.
See also: Race
the theory that all organisms are descended from one original organism. — monogenetic, adj.
See also: Organisms
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monogenesis - asexual reproduction by the production and release of sporesmonogenesis - asexual reproduction by the production and release of spores
agamogenesis, asexual reproduction - reproduction without the fusion of gametes
heterospory - the development of both microspores and megaspores
homospory - the development of a single kind of asexual spores
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One assumption is monogenesis according to which a myth originates in a particular place and culture and, as the result of diffusion, finds its way into other cultures and places.
In effect, by placing the emphasis more squarely on an early European Enlightenment that tried to "reunite worldly differences through a holistic solution," Aravamudan shows that Enlightenment notions of anthropological and divine monogenesis also generated truly radical and universalist visions of non-European cultures and contexts (14).
Nothing requires us to abandon monogenesis altogether for some form of polygenesis; rather, a modified monogenesis, which keeps Adam and Eve, can do the job.
Prior to the eighteenth century, scripture had usually been interpreted to emphasize monogenesis, in which all of humankind descended from the sons of Noah after the flood.
The most recurrent theme in these chapters is his discussions of the ways that orthodox defenses of monogenesis (the doctrine of mankind's common descent from a single ancestor) "promoted the notion that .
It is also striking that these writers clearly intend to teach monogenesis, or the idea that all humans were created by the same God, and thus endowed with the same natural abilities and subject to the same rights.
From this ethnological perspective, Hopkins's outlook on the genealogical implications of "one blood" remains considerably more sanguine in comparison with the profoundly ambivalent explication of the scientific, cultural, and political meanings of "one blood" suggested in her final work of fiction, where "one blood" as a metaphor for redemptive monogenesis becomes troublingly conflated with "one blood" as a metaphor for universal incest.
This includes the ongoing debate over monogenesis and polygenesis, and the argument over the appearance and origins of the Bible's key actors.
The monogenesis theory, in simple terms, maintains that the Portuguese presence in Africa beginning in the fifteenth century gave rise to an Afro-Portuguese pidgin that evolved into all creoles including Papiamentu.