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authigenic

[ aw-thi-jen-ik ]
/ ˌɔ θɪˈdʒɛn ɪk /

adjective Geology.

(of a constituent of a rock) formed in the rock where it is found.Compare allogenic(def 1).

Nearby words

authentically, authenticate, authentication, authenticator, authenticity, authigenic, author, author catalog, author's alteration, authoress, authorial

Origin of authigenic

1885–90; < German Authigen < Greek authigenḗs native to a specific place (aûthi there + -genēs born) + -ic; see genic
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British Dictionary definitions for authigenic

authigenic

/ (ˌɔːθɪˈdʒɛnɪk) /

adjective

(of minerals) having crystallized in a sediment during or after deposition

Word Origin for authigenic

C19: from German authigene from Greek authigenēs native + -ic
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