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Meaning of palingenesis

pal•in•gen•e•sis

Pronunciation: (pal"in-jen'u-sis), [key]
— n.
  1. rebirth; regeneration.
    1. embryonic development that reproduces the ancestral features of the species (opposed to cenogenesis).
    2. Obs.the supposed generation of organisms from others preformed in the germ cells.
  2. baptism in the Christian faith.
  3. the doctrine of transmigration of souls.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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