euthenics


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euthenics

(yo͞othĕn`ĭks): see eugenicseugenics
, study of human genetics and of methods to improve the inherited characteristics, physical and mental, of the human race. Efforts to improve the human race through bettering housing facilities and other environmental conditions are known as euthenics.
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euthenics

[yü′then·iks]
(biology)
The science that deals with the improvement of the future of humanity by changing the environment.
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In Euthenics, the Science of Controllable Environment, written a year before her death in 1911, she vehemently calls for her contemporaries to recognize the potential hazards and benefits of indoor air.
Ultimately, then, Blasted is an experiment in euthenics that, in the words of one critic, "blasts its own structure apart" (53) and, through these environmental ruptures, transforms viewers into alienated exiles within a remapped theatrical space.
The environmental strain of thought is sometimes labeled "euthenics," to distinguish it from the more common 20th century understanding of eugenics as a program to change humans through selective breeding.