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Gen.

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-gen

1.
a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words:
endogen; hydrogen.
Also, -gene.
Origin of -gen
< French -gèneGreek -genēs born, produced; akin to Latin genus, kin
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  • My gen'lemen not like that camping place, and we stay there not even one night.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • But you didn't ought to have your dander ris with me, gen'ral.'

  • Cap'ns are plenty as June bugs, but Majors and gen'rals are scarce.

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  • And I'll keep a gen'ral overseein' of the whole thing, till we get a detective.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I gen'rally do pay for what I want, and a fair price, at that.

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British Dictionary definitions for gen

gen

/dʒɛn/
noun
1.
(informal) information: give me the gen on your latest project See also gen up
Word Origin
C20: from gen(eral information)

Gen.

abbreviation
1.
General
2.
(Bible) Genesis

-gen

suffix
1.
producing or that which produces: hydrogen
2.
something produced: carcinogen
Word Origin
via French -gène, from Greek -genēs born
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Word Origin and History for gen

-gen

word-forming element technically meaning "something produced," but mainly, in modern use, "thing that produces or causes," from French -gène (18c.), from Greek -genes "born of, produced by," related to genos "birth" (see genus). Originally in late 18th century chemistry and probably reflecting misunderstanding of -genes, as though it meant "that which produces."

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gen in Medicine

-gen or -gene
suff.

  1. Producer: androgen.

  2. One that is produced: phosgene.

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