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  1. a suffix of adjectives corresponding to nouns with stems in -gen: erogenous.
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Origin of -genous

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British Dictionary definitions for -genous


adj combining form
  1. yielding or generatingandrogenous; erogenous
  2. generated by or issuing fromendogenous
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Word Origin for -genous

from -gen + -ous
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Word Origin and History for -genous

word-forming element meaning "generating, producing, yielding;" see -gen + -ous.

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-genous in Medicine


  1. Producing; generating:hematogenous.
  2. Produced by or produced in a specified manner:exogenous.
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