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Learned borrowing from Latin consanguineus (with English -ous), from con- (together) + sanguineus (of or pertaining to blood), from sanguis (blood). Equivalent to con- +‎ sanguineous.



consanguineous (not comparable)

  1. Related by birth; descended from the same parent or ancestor.
    Synonyms: consanguine, consanguineal, same-blooded
    Antonym: affinal
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      Am not I consanguineous? am I not of her blood?
    • 2002, B. Modell and A. Darr, "Science and society: genetic counselling and customary consanguineous marriage," Nature Reviews: Genetics, vol 3. no. 3 (Mar.), p. 225,
      Consanguineous marriage is customary in many societies, but leads to an increased birth prevalence of infants with severe recessive disorders.

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