dysgenic

adjective
dys·​gen·​ic | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈje-nik How to pronounce dysgenic (audio) \

Definition of dysgenic

1 : tending to promote survival of or reproduction by less well-adapted individuals (such as the weak or diseased) especially at the expense of well-adapted individuals (such as the strong or healthy) the dysgenic effect of war
2 : biologically defective or deficient

First Known Use of dysgenic

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dysgenic

adjective
dys·​gen·​ic
variants: also disgenic \ (ˈ)dis-​ˈjen-​ik How to pronounce disgenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysgenic

1 : tending to promote survival of or reproduction by less well-adapted individuals (as the weak or diseased) especially at the expense of well-adapted individuals (as the strong or healthy) the dysgenic effect of war
2 : biologically defective or deficient

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