cacogenesis

noun
caco·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌkakəˈjenəsə̇s \

Definition of cacogenesis

1 : inability to produce hybrids that are both viable and fertile
2 : racial deterioration especially when due to the retention of inferior breeding stock

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First Known Use of cacogenesis

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for cacogenesis

New Latin, from cac- + genesis

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“Cacogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cacogenesis. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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