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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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
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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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It is plausible that the deficiency of both vitamin D and zinc levels due to their role in monogenesis, can affect disease progression and severity.
In Journal of Researches and more widely, Darwin famously argued for monogenesis, the idea that all human beings belonged to one species regardless of race--or rather, that races were not separate species.
Nonetheless, hueman-to-Eurasian human depigmentation mutation represents the triumph of the thesis of monogenesis over that of polygenesis: races as we know them diverged from an initial gene pool of genetic blackness--which is a function of melanin.
monogenesis scientific view came under challenge in the 1840s.
This exhibition played into popular interest in 'cannibals' and American debates on human origins between supporters of monogenesis and polygenesis (single or multiple creations of humanity) (Keeler 1831; cf.
In spite of his belief in linguistic monogenesis Wilkins rules out the possibility of retrieving the pre-lapsarian Adamic language.
He also demonstrated an understanding for those who heralded a fundamental revision of Anabaptist scholarship and who no longer spoke of monogenesis but referred to Anabaptists beginnings as being polygenetic.
In Kinds of Literature, Alastair Fowler outlines two ways in which genres can form: monogenesis and assembly of the repertoire.
(24) Writings that review the past offer an understanding about either a monogenesis or a polygenesis portrayal of humanity (biblical or scientific: either one being interchangeable) and thus there is this sense of singularity or multiplicity in origins that works to maintain an elevated civilization for a self-determining group of people.