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abiogenesis

[ ey-bahy-oh-jen-uh-sis, ab-ee-oh- ]
/ 藢e瑟 ba瑟 o蕣藞d蕭蓻n 蓹 s瑟s, 藢忙b i o蕣- /
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noun Biology.
the theory that the earliest life forms on earth developed from nonliving matter.Compare biogenesis.
Also called spon路ta路ne路ous gen路er路a路tion [spon-tey-nee-uhs jen-uh-rey-shuhn] /sp蓲n藞te瑟 ni 蓹s 藢d蕭蓻n 蓹藞re瑟 蕛蓹n/ . the now discredited theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously from inanimate matter.
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Origin of abiogenesis

a-6 + biogenesis; coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870

OTHER WORDS FROM abiogenesis

a路bi路o路ge路net路ic [ey-bahy-oh-juh-net-ik, ab-ee-oh-], /藢e瑟 ba瑟 o蕣 d蕭蓹藞n蓻t 瑟k, 藢忙b i o蕣-/, a路bi路o路ge路net路i路cal, adjectivea路bi路o路ge路net路i路cal路ly, adverba路bi路og路e路nist [ey-bahy-oj-uh-nist, ab-ee-], /藢e瑟 ba瑟藞蓲d蕭 蓹 n瑟st, 藢忙b i-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for abiogenesis

abiogenesis
/ (藢e瑟ba瑟蓹蕣藞d蕭蓻n瑟s瑟s) /

noun
Also called: autogenesis the hypothetical process by which living organisms first arose on earth from nonliving matter
another name for spontaneous generation Compare biogenesis

Derived forms of abiogenesis

abiogenetic, adjectiveabiogenist (藢e瑟ba瑟藞蓲d蕭瑟n瑟st), noun

Word Origin for abiogenesis

C19: New Latin, from a- 1 + bio- + genesis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for abiogenesis

abiogenesis
[ 膩鈥瞓墨-艒-j臅n沫-s沫s ]

See spontaneous generation.
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