mono·​ge·​net·​ic ˌmä-nə-jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce monogenetic (audio)
: relating to or involving monogenesis
: of, relating to, or being any of a class (Monogenea) of flatworms that ordinarily live as ectoparasites on a single host (such as a fish or amphibian) throughout their entire life cycle

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are several hundreds of these nice easy monogenetic diseases. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2010 The large explosive component likely betrays a higher water content to the magma, but the lava flow morphology and tephra cone are all typical of monogenetic (limited activity) eruption in the Nabro volcanic field. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 1 July 2011 These types of eruptions tend to be monogenetic---that is to say that the volcano will erupt for years to maybe a few thousand years, then go quiet for good. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of monogenetic was in 1921

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“Monogenetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


mono·​ge·​net·​ic -jə-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce monogenetic (audio)
: relating to or involving the origin of diverse individuals or kinds by descent from a single ancestral individual or kind
the entire present human population is monogenetic
: of, relating to, or being any platyhelminthic worm of the taxon Monogenea
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