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The word eugenic, like the name Eugene, includes the Greek root meaning "born". Breeders of farm animals have long used eugenic methods to produce horses that run faster, for example, or pigs that provide more meat. Through eugenics, Holstein cows have become one of the world's highest producers of milk. But eugenics also has a dark side. The idea of human eugenics was taken up enthusiastically by the Nazis in the 20th century, with terrible consequences.
Origin and Etymology of eugenic
Greek eugenēs wellborn, from eu- + -genēs born — more at -gen
First Known Use: 1883
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