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n. pl. pal·in·gen·e·ses (-sēz′)
1. The doctrine of transmigration of souls; metempsychosis.
2. The supposed repetition by an organism during its embryonic development of the stages in the evolution of its species, as asserted by the discredited biogenetic law.

[Greek palin, again; see kwel- in Indo-European roots + -genesis.]

pal′in·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk) adj.
pal′in·ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.palingenetic - of or relating to palingenesis
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
cenogenetic - of or relating to cenogenesis
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Grillo's discourse heralds the palingenetic mission assigned to the Internet as the transparent unmediated site where true democracy necessarily flourishes.
Morel, Lombroso, and Nordau's theories of retrograde evolution and deviation of the organism from its original type influenced massively the decadent European imagery of the fin de siecle, producing a palingenetic mythopoeia of decadence, and a parallel political scheme of the energetic regeneration of the sacral social body.
In the sense that Frost used the term, palingenetic ontogenies are those that recapitulate ancestral stages in the order of their phylogenetic appearance and therefore can be used to infer phylogeny; (Gould, 1977; Richards, 2008; see also the use of these terms by Thompson and Bailey 1916 and Bailey's, 1910 discussion of recapitulation as a "canon of comparative anatomy").