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genealogy

[jee-nee-ol-uh-jee, -al-, jen-ee-] /ˌdʒi niˈɒl ə dʒi, -ˈæl-, ˌdʒɛn i-/
noun, plural genealogies.
1.
a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
2.
the study of family ancestries and histories.
3.
descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.
4.
Biology. a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry:
The various species of Darwin's finches form a closely knit genealogy.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English genealogie < Middle French < Late Latin geneālogia < Greek geneālogía pedigree, equivalent to geneā́ race (see gene) + -logia -logy
Related forms
genealogical
[jee-nee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, jen-ee-] /ˌdʒi ni əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌdʒɛn i-/ (Show IPA),
genealogic, adjective
genealogically, adverb
genealogist, noun
nongenealogic, adjective
nongenealogical, adjective
nongenealogically, adverb
Synonyms
1. See pedigree.
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Examples from the web for genealogy
  • The result is an elaborate human genealogy, an intricately branching tree of genetic alterations.
  • I'm interested in genealogy, but then again, I also worked as an archaeologist for quite a few years.
  • Learn about Chinese holidays and events, works of art, and genealogy.
  • One sentence, "I hardly knew my parents," pretty much wraps up his genealogy.
  • Wish I knew more about his genealogy.
  • Then, a genealogy study unearthed her father's Cherokee blood, .
  • He was married to an aristocrat and much concerned with genealogy.
  • Icelanders are also known for their passion for genealogy.
  • There is a constancy in the culture--when your genealogy goes back that far, your identity is inescapable.
  • But the hard truth of our genealogy does even greater damage to human pride.
British Dictionary definitions for genealogy

genealogy

/ˌdʒiːnɪˈælədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
the direct descent of an individual or group from an ancestor
2.
the study of the evolutionary development of animals and plants from earlier forms
3.
a chart showing the relationships and descent of an individual, group, genes, etc
Derived Forms
genealogical (ˌdʒiːnɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), genealogic, adjective
genealogically, adverb
genealogist, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French genealogie, from Late Latin geneālogia, from Greek, from genea race
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Word Origin and History for genealogy
n.

early 14c., "line of descent, pedigree, descent," from Old French genealogie (12c.), from Late Latin genealogia "tracing of a family," from Greek genealogia, from genea "generation, descent" (see genus) + -logia (see -logy). An Old English word for it was folctalu, literally "folk tale." Meaning "study of family trees" is from 1768.

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genealogy in Medicine

genealogy ge·ne·al·o·gy (jē'nē-ŏl'ə-jē, -āl'-, jěn'ē-)
n.

  1. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.

  2. The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.

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