from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of hereditary improvement of the human race by controlled selective breeding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.
  • n. A social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary qualities through selective breeding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of generative or procreative development; the doctrine of progress or evolution, especially in the human race, through improved conditions in the relations of the sexes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)


Comes from Ancient Greek meaning "good breeding". Coined in 1883 by an English scientist, Francis Galton, who was cousin of Charles Darwin. (Wiktionary)



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