consanguineous

adjective con·san·guin·e·ous \ ˌkän-ˌsan-ˈgwi-nē-əs , -ˌsaŋ- \

Definition of consanguineous

:of the same blood or origin; specifically :descended from the same ancestor
  • consanguineous brothers

consanguineously

adverb

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Examples of consanguineous in a Sentence

  1. felt just as close to his adopted brother as he did to his two consanguineous siblings

Did You Know?

Consanguineous is part of a family of "blood" relatives that all descend from the Latin noun sanguis, meaning "blood." Some of these relatives are found on the literal branch of the family tree, as "exsanguination," a term for the draining or removal of blood. Others are on the figurative side of the family, such as "sanguine," a word that can mean "bloodred" or "ruddy" but that is more often used with the meaning "cheerful" or "optimistic." There is also "sangfroid," a French word (literally meaning "cold blood") that was borrowed into English to refer to self-control under stress. "Consanguineous" relies on the "kinship" sense of "blood," bringing together "sanguis" with the Latin prefix con-, meaning "with," to form a word used to describe two or more organisms that descend from the same ancestor.

Origin and Etymology of consanguineous

Latin consanguineus, from com- + sanguin-, sanguis blood

consanguineous Synonyms

Synonyms
biological (also biologic), birth, natural
Antonyms
adopted, adoptive, nonbiological
Related Words
legitimate
Near Antonyms
illegitimate

Medical Dictionary

consanguineous

adjective con·san·guin·e·ous \ ˌkän-ˌsan-ˈgwin-ē-əs, -ˌsaŋ- \

medical Definition of consanguineous

:of the same blood or origin; specifically :relating to or involving persons (as first cousins) that are relatively closely related
  • consanguineous marriages

consanguinity

play \-ˈgwin-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties

Law Dictionary

consanguineous

adjective con·san·guin·e·ous \ ˌkän-ˌsan-ˈgwi-nē-əs, -ˌsaŋ- \

legal Definition of consanguineous

:of the same blood or origin; specifically :descended from the same ancestor

consanguineously

adverb


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