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[bahy-oh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
the production of living organisms from other living organisms.
Also, biogeny
[bahy-oj-uh-nee] /baɪˈɒdʒ ə ni/ (Show IPA)
Origin of biogenesis
bio- + genesis, coined by T.H. Huxley in 1870
Related forms
[bahy-oh-juh-net-ik] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
biogenetical, biogenous, adjective
biogenetically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for biogeny
Historical Examples
  • It is sometimes spoken of as the fundamental law of biogeny.

  • In the very name, "fundamental law of biogeny," which I have given to my recapitulation theory, I claim that it is universal.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
British Dictionary definitions for biogeny


the principle that a living organism must originate from a parent organism similar to itself Compare abiogenesis
Derived Forms
biogenetic, biogenetical, biogenous (baɪˈɒdʒənəs) adjective
biogenetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biogeny

1870, "biogenesis;" see biogenic. As "history of the evolution of an organism," 1879.



also bio-genesis, 1870, "theory that living organisms arise only from pre-existing living matter," coined by English biologist T.H. Huxley (1825-1895) from Greek bios "life" (see bio-) + genesis (q.v.). Related: Biogenetic; biogenetical.

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biogeny in Medicine

biogenesis bi·o·gen·e·sis (bī'ō-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)

  1. The principle that life originates from preexisting life and not from nonliving material.

  2. See biosynthesis.

bi'o·ge·net'ic (-jə-nět'ĭk) or bi'o·ge·net'i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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biogeny in Science
Generation of living organisms from other living organisms.
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