Definitions for palingenesisˌpæl ɪnˈdʒɛn ə sɪs
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pal•in•gen•e•sisˌpæl ɪnˈdʒɛn ə sɪs(n.)
embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species. a former theory that organisms are generated from other organisms preformed in the germ cells.
Category: Developmental Biology, Biology
the doctrine of transmigration of souls.
Origin of palingenesis:
1615–25; < NL < Gk pálin again +génesisgenesis
emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
The apparent repetition, during the development of a single embryo, of changes that occurred previously in the evolution of its species.
Spiritual rebirth through the transmigration of the soul in Christian baptism.
Origin: From the πάλιν.
alt. of Palingenesy
Palingenesis is a concept of rebirth or re-creation, used in various contexts in philosophy, theology, politics, and biology. Its meaning stems from Greek palin, meaning again, and genesis, meaning birth. In biology, it is another word for recapitulation - the phase in the development of an organism in which its form and structure pass through the changes undergone in the evolution of the species. In theology, the word can be used to refer to reincarnation and Christian spiritual rebirth symbolized by baptism.
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