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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.


(ˌpælɪnˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) ,




n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity spiritual rebirth through metempsychosis of Christian baptism
2. (Biology) biology another name for recapitulation2
[C19: from Greek palin again + genesis birth, genesis]
palingenetic, palingenetical adj
ˌpalingeˈnetically adv


(ˌpæl ɪnˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

1. rebirth; regeneration.
a. embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species.
b. a former theory that organisms are generated from other organisms preformed in the germ cells.
3. the doctrine of transmigration of souls.
[1615–25; < New Latin < Greek pálin again + génesis genesis]
pal`in•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


1. partial or complete regeneration.
2. the doctrine that a soul passes through several bodies in a series of rebirths. Also palingenesia, palingenesy.palingenetic, adj.
See also: Birth
1. the phase in the development of an organism in which its form and structure pass through the changes undergone in the evolution of the species.
2. the morphological and structural changes that occur during insect development. Also palingenesia, palingenesy.palingenetic, adj.
See also: Form
a belief that baptism effects a new birth or regeneration. Also palingenesy. — palingenesist, n. — palingenesian, adj.
See also: Baptism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palingenesis - emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, kainogenesis, kenogenesis - introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (such as the addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution)
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The other text in which the Montale of Satura expounds his philosophical conception of time is 'La storia', a poem palingenetically divided into two parts: negative and positive.