Definition of cenogenesis
: introduction during development of adaptive characters or structures that are absent from the earlier phylogeny of a strain (as addition of the placenta to the common vertebrate pattern in mammalian evolution) —opposed to palingenesis
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Origin and Etymology of cenogenesis
German zänogenesis, from zän- 2cen- + Latin genesis birth
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