eugenics

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Coined in 1883 by Francis Galton. From Ancient Greek ἐΰς (eǘs, good) and γίγνομαι (gígnomai, breeding). Parallel to Eugene.

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eugenics (uncountable)

  1. (sociology, biology) A social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary qualities through selective breeding, either by encouraging people with good genetic qualities to reproduce (positive eugenics), or discouraging people with bad genetic qualities from reproducing (negative eugenics), or by technological means.
  2. (biology) The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.

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