pal·​in·​gen·​e·​sis ˌpa-lən-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce palingenesis (audio)
palingenetic adjective

Word History


New Latin, from Greek palin again + Latin genesis genesis

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palingenesis was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Palingenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


pal·​in·​gen·​e·​sis ˌpal-ən-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce palingenesis (audio)
plural palingeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce palingenesis (audio)
: the appearance in an individual during its development of characters or structures that have been maintained essentially unchanged throughout the evolutionary history of the group to which it belongs

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