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eu·gen·ics

 (yo͞o-jĕn′ĭks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study or practice of attempting to improve the human gene pool by encouraging the reproduction of people considered to have desirable traits and discouraging or preventing the reproduction of people considered to have undesirable traits.

eu·gen′ic adj.
eu·gen′i·cal·ly adv.

eugenics

(juːˈdʒɛnɪks)
n
(Genetics) (functioning as singular) the study of methods of improving the quality of the human race, esp by selective breeding
[C19: from Greek eugenēs well-born, from eu- + -genēs born; see -gen]
euˈgenic, euˈgenical adj
euˈgenically adv
euˈgenicist, euˈgenecist n
eugenist n, adj

eu•gen•ics

(yuˈdʒɛn ɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
a science concerned with improving a species, esp. the human species, by such means as influencing or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have desirable genetic traits.
[1880–85]
eu•gen′i•cist (-ə sɪst) n.

eugenics

the science of improving a breed or species through the careful selection of parents. — eugenicist, n. — eugenic, adj.
See also: Improvement
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eugenics - the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)
bioscience, life science - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms
cacogenics, dysgenics - the study of the operation of factors causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced
Translations

eugenics

[juːˈdʒenɪks] NSINGeugenesia f

eugenics

[juːˈdʒɛnɪks] neugénisme m

eugenics

n singEugenik f

eugenics

[juːˈdʒɛnɪks] nsgeugenica

eu·gen·ics

n. eugenesia, ciencia que estudia el mejoramiento de la especie humana de acuerdo con las leyes biológicas de la herencia.
References in periodicals archive ?
Positive eugenics endorses mentally and physically fit individuals to over-reproduce.
The measures to promote the breeding of the best with the best were known as positive eugenics, and the attempts to dissuade the inferior from breeding were known as negative eugenics.
Contemporary or future genetic practices that are generally considered eugenic include measures of positive eugenics, such as cloning and genetic engineering, and negative eugenic procedures, such as prenatal testing and the aborting of impaired fetuses, preimplantation screening of embryos for certain genetic conditions, and genetic counseling that results in a couple who is at risk for passing on a hereditary condition deciding not to have children.
Positive eugenics favors the transmission of desirable genetic traits by encouraging procreation and medical care for the superior races, while negative eugenics discourages the transmission of undesirable genetic traits by suppressing procreation and medical care for the inferior races.
He explained that, "negative eugenics is concerned with preventing degeneration, (8) while positive eugenics aims at the improvement of the human stock" (What Dare I Think?
Stephen Wilkinson defines positive and negative eugenics relative to a disease account and a normalcy account, and he defends positive eugenics for enhancements.
He argues that positive eugenics would lower fertility among the genetically disadvantaged.

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