eugenics


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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.
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Why, man, that is a box of books on biology and eugenics.
The only vexation he suffered was the death of Nalasu and the disappearance of Jerry--his two experiments in primitive eugenics.
This was especially true of the sciences which we know as biology and eugenics.
His remarks about the unemployed being "wasters" who should have vasectomies stink of the abhorrent Nazi doctrine of eugenics.
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Compulsory sterilization laws, which were passed in 32 states from 1907 to 1937, and resulted in more than 60,000 reproductive surgeries, overwhelmingly performed on poor, undereducated, and minority women and men, epitomize this egregious facet of eugenics.
The Nazi-era Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Human Heredity and Eugenics was also known to have a collection of bones from German colonies, among others.
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Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics & American Economics in the Progressive Era
Mears falls for the orphaned daughter of the murdered woman, has a long meeting with Virginia's lawyer (a former slave), is attacked by the KKK, and discovers first-hand the existence of eugenics sterilization camps.
Given the historical relationship between genetic counseling and eugenics movements--as well as the hostility toward black reproduction that characterized reproductive medicine for much of the twentieth century--there is reason to question the quality and nature of the counseling these women will receive.
The histories contained in these files were gathered and archived by the now defunct Eugenics Records Office, an American organization that helped to shape the international eugenics movement through activities carried out in these juvenile reformatories (primarily at the Whittier State School, founded in 1891).