the theory that the human race has descended from two or more ancestral types.

1875–80; poly- + -gen(y) + -ism

polygenist, noun, adjective
polygenistic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To polygenism
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: polygenic-inheritance
Next Definition: polygenist
Words Near: polygenism
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for polygenism
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing polygenism
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature