What does atavism mean?

atavism meaning in General Dictionary

The recurrence or a propensity to a recurrence for the original types of a species in progeny of the types similarity to remote as opposed to to close forefathers reversion toward original type

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  • a reappearance of an early on characteristic
  • The recurrence, or a tendency to a recurrence, of the initial types of a species when you look at the progeny of its varieties; resemblance to remote instead of to near ancestors; reversion to the initial form.
  • The recurrence of any peculiarity or infection of an ancestor in a subsequent generation, after an intermission for a generation or two.

atavism meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1833, from French atavisme, attested by 1820s, from Latin atavus "ancestor, forefather," from at- perhaps here meaning "beyond" + avus "grandfather," from PIE *awo- "adult male relative besides the father" (see uncle).


atavism meaning in Veterinary Dictionary

The re-emergence of a disease or a certain feature after it offers missed more than one generations.


atavism meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The recurrence, or a propensity to a recurrence, associated with the initial kind of a species in progeny of their varieties; similarity to remote as opposed to to close ancestors; reversion towards the original type.

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  • (n.) The recurrence of every peculiarity or condition of an ancestor in a subsequent generation, after an intermission for a generation or two.