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eugenics

Pronunciation: yu-jen'iks

Definition:

  1. Practices and policies, as of mate selection or of sterilization, which tend to better the innate qualities of progeny and human stock.
  2. Practices and genetic counseling directed to anticipating genetic disability and disease.

Synonym(s): orthogenics

[G. eugeneia, nobility of birth, fr. eu, well, + genesis, production]

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