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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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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.
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.
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.
If Walcott's forays into European literary styles is problematic to his readers, Frydman's reading of Maryse Conde's reveals how she constantly combats African diaspora drives to promote a form of genealogical monogenesis as the only authentic narrative mode of representation of African cultural retentions in the diaspora.
Kemp, "Science, Theology, and Monogenesis," American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 85 (2011): 217-36.
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).
bio-linguistics, diversity, hegemony, historicism, identity, monogenesis
Pero aunque cada cultura presenta sus propios fenomenos musicales, podemos preguntarnos si hay o no una monogenesis en la musica.
COHEN, Kant on Epigenesis, Monogenesis and Human Nature: The Biological Premises of Anthropology, "Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences" 37 (2006) 675-693.
Tras un analisis detallado de los episodios de Orfeo y Savitri, se llega a la conclusion de que cuatro de estos elementos del relato presentan suficientes afinidades como para indicar la monogenesis de estas dos versiones del mito: el matrimonio, la muerte, el encuentro con los dioses de la muerte y el discurso mediante el poder de la palabra.