-gen


a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words: endogen; hydrogen.

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Also -gene.

Origin of -gen

< French -gène ≪ Greek -genēs born, produced; akin to Latin genus, kin

Words nearby -gen

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British Dictionary definitions for -gen

-gen

suffix forming nouns

producing or that which produceshydrogen
something producedcarcinogen

Word Origin for -gen

via French -gène, from Greek -genēs born
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Medical definitions for -gen

-gen

suff.

Producer:androgen.
One that is produced:phosgene.
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