Pal`in*gen"e*sis (?), Pal`in*gen"e*sy (?), n. [Gr. ; again + birth: cf. F. paling'en'esie. See Genesis.]

1.

A new birth; a re-creation; a regeneration; a continued existence in different manner or form.

2. Biol.

That form of evolution in which the truly ancestral characters conserved by heredity are reproduced in development; original simple descent; -- distinguished from kenogenesis. Sometimes, in zoology, the abrupt metamorphosis of insects, crustaceans, etc.

 

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