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Development from more than one source.

pol′y·ge·net′ic (pŏl′ē-jə-nĕt′ĭk), po·lyg′e·nous (pə-lĭj′ə-nəs) adj.


1. (Biology) biology evolution of a polyphyletic organism or group
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the hypothetical descent of the different races of man from different ultimate ancestors
polygenetic adj
ˌpolygeˈnetically adv


(ˌpɒl iˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

origin from more than one ancestral species or line.
pol`y•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


1. derivation from more than one kind of cell in the generative process.
2. Also called polygenism. the theory that different species have descended from different original ancestors. Cf. monogenesis.polygenic, polygenetic, adj.
See also: Biology


[ˌpɒlɪˈdʒenɪsɪs] Npoligénesis f
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Named for bitter divisions in Britain between the generally hardline, polygenesist Anthropological Society and the generally humanitarian, monogenesist Ethnological Society supported by Exeter Hall.
For the polygenesist, then, only the impurity of incest can maintain the distinct purity of the "bloodlines" of original and permanent races, while for the monogenesist incest is an etymological misnomer, for in a monogenetic world, all relations are "incestuous," which is to say that none of them are, and the impurity of incest has no meaning.
Like the tracts of both abolitionists and polygenesists, popular entertainments offered racialized bodies up to scrutiny as signs of interior truth.