Applying to factors that have a detrimental effect upon hereditary qualities, physical or mental.

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dys·gen·ic also dis·gen·ic (')dis-'jen-ik adj
1) tending to promote survival of or reproduction by less well-adapted individuals (as the weak or diseased) esp. at the expense of well-adapted individuals (as the strong or healthy) <the \dysgenic effect of war>
2) biologically defective or deficient

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dys·gen·ic (dis-jenґik) considered to be detrimental to a race or tending to interfere with improvement of the race.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • dysgenic — adj. of or pertaining to dysgenics. Syn: cacogenic. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dysgenic — dysgenic. См. дисгенический. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • dysgenic — [dis jen′ik] adj. causing deterioration of hereditary qualities of a stock: cf. EUGENIC …   English World dictionary

  • dysgenic — adjective Date: 1912 1. tending to promote survival of or reproduction by less well adapted individuals (as the weak or diseased) especially at the expense of well adapted individuals (as the strong or healthy) < the dysgenic effect of war > 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dysgenic — System of breeding or selection that is genetically deleterious or disadvantageous …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • dysgenic — /dis jen ik/, adj. Pathol. pertaining to or causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced. Cf. eugenic. [1910 15; DYS + GENIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • dysgenic — adjective of or relating to, or causing degeneration or deterioration in offspring Ant: eugenic …   Wiktionary

  • dysgenic — adj. pertaining to abnormal development due to genetic causes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dysgenic — [dɪs dʒɛnɪk] adjective exerting a detrimental effect on later generations through the inheritance of undesirable characteristics …   English new terms dictionary

  • dysgenic — dys·gen·ic …   English syllables

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