dys·​gen·​e·​sis | \(ˌ)dis-ˈje-nə-səs \

Definition of dysgenesis 

: defective development especially of the gonads (as in Klinefelter's syndrome)

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An example would be a heritable condition called sacrocaudal dysgenesis, seen in Manx cats. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Yes, your cats can benefit from rehab. Just don’t push them | The Sacramento Bee," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dysgenesis

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysgenesis

New Latin

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dys·​gen·​e·​sis | \(ˈ)dis-ˈjen-ə-səs \
plural dysgeneses\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of dysgenesis 

: defective development especially of the gonads (as in Klinefelter's syndrome or Turner's syndrome)

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