1. a combining form often corresponding to nouns ending in -gen or -geny, with the following senses: “producing or causing” (hallucinogenic); “produced or caused by” (cosmogenic); “pertaining to a gene or genes” (polygenic); “pertaining to suitability for reproduction by a medium” (telegenic).
Compare -genous.

Origin of -genic

see origin at -gen, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for -genic


adj combining form
  1. relating to production or generationcarcinogenic
  2. well suited to or suitable forphotogenic

Word Origin for -genic

from -gen + -ic
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Word Origin and History for -genic

word-forming element meaning "producing;" see -gen + -ic.

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-genic in Medicine


  1. Producing; generating:carcinogenic.
  2. Produced or generated by:cryptogenic.
  3. Suitable for production or reproduction by a specified medium:photogenic.
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