dysgenic


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dys·gen·ic

(dis-jen'ik),
Applying to factors that have a detrimental effect on hereditary qualities, physical or mental.

dysgenic

Genetics Tending to promote survival or reproduction of less well-adapted individuals especially at the expense of well-adapted individuals of a population. See Adaptation, Population, Reproduction, Survival.

dys·gen·ic

(dis-jen'ik)
Applying to factors that have a detrimental effect on hereditary qualities, physical or mental.

dysgenic

of, or relating to a deleterious genetic change. See also TURNER'S SYNDROME.

dysgenic

genetically harmful.
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Rathbone finds the origins of the dysgenic birth-rate, which family allowances are supposed to correct, in the environment rather than in the genes: if the standard of life of the poorer wage earner can be raised, then so will their "dysgenic breeding" be cured (Rathbone 1942a: 243; Fleming: 32).
Freemartins have dysgenic testes or ovotestes, Wolffian-duct derivatives and female external genitalia frequently characterized by an enlarged clitoris.
In fact, Jewish behavior in the Pale, rather than showing dysgenic qualities, might actually indicate Jewish immigrants' eugenic nature.
While civilization is effecting a dysgenic counter-selection of a mischievous kind, sterilizing the good stocks and encouraging the multiplication of the bad, we must be willing to make some sacrifice of comfort for the sake of eugenics.
6) During his thirty-six year career in preventive medicine Sutton certainly showed remarkable consistency in what he believed to be the incurable dysgenic influence, but also his views showed considerable development in how to deal with the curable.
People in the First World will be using genetic engineering to produce children of vastly increased intelligence which will wipe out the dysgenic trends, but this will not occur in the developing world," Prof Lynn said.
Certainly this situation, responsible for so many ills--the creation in poor black areas of a distinctive and dysgenic culture, even of a separation in language--demands our most intense concern.
Today, for every one African-American whose life pattern fits the dysgenic nightmare, there are roughly two following the eugenics prescription--moving out of the city, having smaller families, advancing financially and scholastically.
This was followed a year later by her politically savvy novel, When the Monster Dies, an examination of the underbelly of a contemporary dysgenic London tourists seldom see, replete with its grime, its squatters, its subversives, and its disenfranchised shoved toward social and economic fringes.
As important as it was, especially in its dysgenic effects on Poland, this episode involving the killing of some 15,000 of a country's leading men is rather miniscule in the context of the egregious dishonesties and brutalities that marked the Second World War.
2) More recently, critics have turned their attention to Wharton's engagement with the racial thinking of the period, as witnessed through the novel's representations of the ostensibly dysgenic Mountain community, its depiction of the possibilities of women's reproductive choice, and Charity's ultimate decision to keep Harney's child, which Jennie A.