adjective Date: 1912 1. tending to promote survival of or reproduction by less well-adapted individuals (as the weak or diseased) especially at the expense of well-adapted individuals (as the strong or healthy) <
the dysgenic effect of war
2. biologically defective or deficient

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dysgenic — adj. of or pertaining to dysgenics. Syn: cacogenic. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dysgenic — dysgenic. См. дисгенический. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • dysgenic — [dis jen′ik] adj. causing deterioration of hereditary qualities of a stock: cf. EUGENIC …   English World dictionary

  • dysgenic — Applying to factors that have a detrimental effect upon hereditary qualities, physical or mental. * * * dys·gen·ic also dis·gen·ic ( )dis jen ik adj 1) tending to promote survival of or reproduction by less well adapted individuals (as the weak… …   Medical dictionary

  • dysgenic — System of breeding or selection that is genetically deleterious or disadvantageous …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • dysgenic — /dis jen ik/, adj. Pathol. pertaining to or causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced. Cf. eugenic. [1910 15; DYS + GENIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • dysgenic — adjective of or relating to, or causing degeneration or deterioration in offspring Ant: eugenic …   Wiktionary

  • dysgenic — adj. pertaining to abnormal development due to genetic causes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dysgenic — [dɪs dʒɛnɪk] adjective exerting a detrimental effect on later generations through the inheritance of undesirable characteristics …   English new terms dictionary

  • dysgenic — dys·gen·ic …   English syllables

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