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endogenous

[en-doj-uh-nuh s] /ɛnˈdɒdʒ ə nəs/
adjective
1.
proceeding from within; derived internally.
2.
Biology. growing or developing from within; originating within.
3.
Pathology. (of a disease) resulting from conditions within the organism rather than externally caused.
4.
Biochemistry. pertaining to the metabolism of nitrogenous elements of cells and tissues.
5.
Geology. endogenetic.
Origin of endogenous
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; endo- + -genous
Related forms
endogenicity
[en-doh-juh-nis-i-tee] /ˌɛn doʊ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
endogenously, adverb
Can be confused
endogenous, indigenous.
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British Dictionary definitions for endogenously

endogenous

/ɛnˈdɒdʒɪnəs/
adjective
1.
(biology) developing or originating within an organism or part of an organism: endogenous rhythms
2.
having no apparent external cause: endogenous depression
Derived Forms
endogenously, adverb
endogeny, noun
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Word Origin and History for endogenously

endogenous

adj.

1830, from endo- "within" + -genous "producing."

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endogenously in Medicine

endogenous en·dog·e·nous (ěn-dŏj'ə-nəs)
adj.

  1. Originating or produced within an organism, a tissue, or a cell.

  2. Caused by factors within the body. Used of a disease.


en·dog'e·nous·ly adv.
en·dog'e·ny n.
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endogenously in Science
endogenous
  (ěn-dŏj'ə-nəs)   
Originating or produced within an organism, tissue, or cell. Compare exogenous.
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