Also a·ge·ne·sia [ey-juh-nee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌeɪ dʒəˈni ʒə, -ʒi ə, -si ə/.

Origin of agenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at a-6, genesis
Related formsa·ge·net·ic [ey-juh-net-ik] /ˌeɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for agenesia


  1. (of an animal or plant) imperfect development
  2. impotence or sterility
Derived Formsagenetic (ˌeɪdʒəˈnɛtɪk), adjective
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agenesia in Medicine


  1. Absence or incomplete development of an organ or body part.
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