a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words: endogen; hydrogen.
DIVE INTO THIS BALMY SUMMERTIME SPELLING QUIZ
Do you often fall under the spell of the summer season? See if you can really spell your way through it with this quiz of popular summertime words.
Question 1 of 12
Origin of -gen
< French -gène ≪ Greek -genēs born, produced; akin to Latin genus, kin
Words nearby -gen
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for -gen
suffix forming nouns
producing or that which produceshydrogen
Word Origin for -gen
via French -gène, from Greek -genēs born
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for -gen
One that is produced:phosgene.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.