-gen

Also -gene.

Origin of -gen

< French -gèneGreek -genēs born, produced; akin to Latin genus, kin
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British Dictionary definitions for -gene

-gene

suffix forming nouns
  1. a variant of -gen

-gen

suffix forming nouns
  1. producing or that which produceshydrogen
  2. something producedcarcinogen

Word Origin for -gen

via French -gène, from Greek -genēs born
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Word Origin and History for -gene

-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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-gene in Medicine

-gen

suff.
  1. Producer:androgen.
  2. One that is produced:phosgene.
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