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[dis-jen-ik] /dɪsˈdʒɛn ɪk/
adjective, Pathology
pertaining to or causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced.
Compare eugenic.
Origin of dysgenic
1910-15; dys- + -genic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dysgenic
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  • dysgenic (bad origin), tending to impair the racial qualities of future generations; the opposite of eugenic.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • But a dysgenic factor in an animal is a dysgenic factor, and that is all there is to it.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • There is no room in the civilized world now for a dysgenic religion.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • But in spite of all this, ill-assorted, dysgenic marriages will still be made.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • A dysgenic feature often found in trades unionism will easily be understood after our discussion of the minimum wage.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Yet this eugenic effect is not without a dysgenic after-effect.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • It is a dysgenic factor but much less important than sadism.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • These are undoubtedly abnormal conditions, and, taken as a general thing, they are dysgenic factors.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • But, as a general proposition, it must be laid down that obesity is a dysgenic factor.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • We have seen that sexual impotence is a dysgenic factor and if complete and incurable should constitute a barrier to marriage.

    Woman William J. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for dysgenic


of, relating to, or contributing to a degeneration or deterioration in the fitness and quality of a race or strain
of or relating to dysgenics
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dysgenic in Medicine

dysgenic dys·gen·ic (dĭs-jěn'ĭk)
Relating to or causing the deterioration of hereditary qualities in offspring.

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