Meaning of palingenesis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpalɪnˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/


mass nounBiology
  • The exact reproduction of ancestral characteristics in ontogenesis.

    ‘In a process the philosopher Ernst Cassirer, in his Essay on Man, called palingenesis, the past is recreated as a living organism in which every separate element is connected.’
    • ‘Palingenesis has been used for the exact reproduction of ancestral features by inheritance.’
    • ‘There was no obvious palingenesis bone shown in. the X-ray images.’


Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘regeneration, rebirth’): probably from the rare word palingenesia (in the same sense), via medieval Latin from Greek paliggenesia, from palin ‘again’ + genesis ‘birth’.