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a combining form often corresponding to nouns ending in -gen, or -geny, with the following senses: “producing or causing” (hallucinogenic); “produced or caused by” (cosmogenic); “pertaining to a gene or genes” (polygenic); “pertaining to suitability for reproduction by a medium” (telegenic).
Compare -genous.
Origin of -genic
See origin at -gen, -ic Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -genic


combining form
relating to production or generation: carcinogenic
well suited to or suitable for: photogenic
Word Origin
from -gen + -ic
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Word Origin and History for -genic

word-forming element meaning "producing;" see -gen + -ic.

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-genic in Medicine

-genic suff.

  1. Producing; generating: carcinogenic.

  2. Produced or generated by: cryptogenic.

  3. Suitable for production or reproduction by a specified medium: photogenic.

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