neo-Darwinism


neo–Dar·win·ism

noun \-ˈdär-wə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of NEO-DARWINISM

:  a theory of evolution that is a synthesis of Darwin's theory in terms of natural selection and modern population genetics
neo–Dar·win·ist \-ˈdär-wə-nist\ noun

First Known Use of NEO-DARWINISM

circa 1900

neo–Dar·win·ism

noun \-ˈdär-wə-ˌniz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NEO–DARWINISM

: a theory of evolution that is a synthesis of Darwin's theory in terms of natural selection and modern population genetics
neo–Dar·win·ist \-nəst\ noun

neo-Darwinism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Theory of evolution that represents a synthesis of Charles Darwin's theory in terms of natural selection and modern population genetics. The term was first used after 1896 to describe the theories of August Weismann (1834–1914), who asserted that his germ-plasm theory made impossible the inheritance of acquired characteristics and supported natural selection as the only major process that would account for biological evolution.

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