poly·​ge·​net·​ic ˌpä-lē-jə-ˈne-tik How to pronounce polygenetic (audio)
: having many distinct sources

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is different than a polygenetic volcano like Shasta that has hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions in the same place that are related. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2016 If these polygenetic tests are used at an early age, some doctors hope, patients can be given early preventive measures and medications to avoid heart attacks. Brian Resnick, Vox, 23 Aug. 2018

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Word History


poly- + genetic

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of polygenetic was in 1861

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“Polygenetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polygenetic. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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