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palingenesis

[pal-in-jen-uh-sis] /ˌpæl ɪnˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
noun
1.
rebirth; regeneration.
2.
Biology.
  1. embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species (opposed to cenogenesis).
  2. Obsolete. the supposed generation of organisms from others preformed in the germ cells.
3.
baptism in the Christian faith.
4.
the doctrine of transmigration of souls.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Neo-Latin < Greek pálin again + génesis genesis
Related forms
palingenesian
[pal-in-juh-nee-zhee-uh n, -zhuh n] /ˌpæl ɪn dʒəˈni ʒi ən, -ʒən/ (Show IPA),
palingenetic
[pal-in-juh-net-ik] /ˌpæl ɪn dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
palingenetically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for palingenesian

palingenesis

/ˌpælɪnˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
(Christianity) spiritual rebirth through metempsychosis of Christian baptism
2.
(biology) another name for recapitulation (sense 2)
Derived Forms
palingenetic (ˌpælɪndʒəˈnɛtɪk) adjective
palingenetically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek palin again + genesis birth, genesis
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palingenesian in Medicine

palingenesis pal·in·gen·e·sis (pāl'ĭn-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)
n.
The repetition by a single organism of various stages in the evolution of its species during embryonic development.

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