eugenics

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Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1883 by an English scientist, Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin. From Ancient Greek ἐΰς (eǘs) and γίγνομαι (gígnomai), meaning "good breeding".

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eugenics (uncountable)

  1. (biology) The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.
  2. (philosophy) A social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary qualities through selective breeding.

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