hominization

noun

hom·​i·​ni·​za·​tion ˌhä-mə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce hominization (audio)
: the evolutionary development of human characteristics that differentiate hominids from their primate ancestors

Word History

Etymology

Latin homin-, homo + English -ization

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hominization was in 1952

Dictionary Entries Near hominization

Cite this Entry

“Hominization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hominization. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

hominization

noun
hom·​i·​ni·​za·​tion
variants or chiefly British hominisation
: the evolutionary development of human characteristics that differentiate hominids from their primate ancestors
hominized adjective
or chiefly British hominised
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