[aw-toj-uh-nuh s]


self-produced; self-generated.
Physiology. pertaining to substances generated in the body.
Metallurgy. self-fused, without the addition of solder or the application of an adhesive: an autogenous weld between two pieces of the same metal.

Origin of autogenous

1840–50; < Greek autogen(ḗs) self-produced (see auto-1, -gen) + -ous
Related formsau·tog·e·nous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. originating within the bodyCompare heterogenous
  2. denoting a vaccine made from bacteria obtained from the patient's own body
self-generated; self-produced
denoting a weld in which the filler metal and the parent metal are of similar composition
Derived Formsautogenously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autogenous

"self-generated," 1846, earlier autogeneal (1650s), from Greek autogenes "self-produced," from autos "self" (see auto-) + genes "formation, creation" (see genus). Modern form and biological use of the word said to have been coined by English paleontologist Richard Owen (1804-1892).

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autogenous in Medicine




Of or relating to autogenesis; self-generating.
Of or relating to vaccines prepared from bacteria obtained from the infected person.
Related formsau•toge•nous•ly adv.
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