- the now discredited theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously from inanimate matter; spontaneous generation.
- the theory that the earliest life forms on earth developed from nonliving matter.Compare biogenesis.
Origin of abiogenesis
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Abiogenesis, ab-i-o-jen′es-is, n. the origination of living by not-living matter, spontaneous generation.
This belief led to the theory of abiogenesis so-called—a term signifying the production of life without life to begin with.
The belief in abiogenesis or spontaneous generation, as now taking place, has completely disappeared from biological teaching.Evolution in Art
Alfred C. Haddon
C19: New Latin, from a- 1 + bio- + genesis
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