biogenesis

[bahy-oh-jen-uh-sis]
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noun

the production of living organisms from other living organisms.

Nearby words

  1. biog,
  2. biog.,
  3. biogas,
  4. biogasification,
  5. biogen,
  6. biogenetic,
  7. biogenetic law,
  8. biogenetics,
  9. biogenic,
  10. biogenic amine

Also bi·og·e·ny [bahy-oj-uh-nee] /baɪˈɒdʒ ə ni/.

Origin of biogenesis

bio- + genesis, coined by T.H. Huxley in 1870

Related formsbi·o·ge·net·ic [bahy-oh-juh-net-ik] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, bi·o·ge·net·i·cal, bi·og·e·nous, adjectivebi·o·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for biogenesis

biogenesis

noun

the principle that a living organism must originate from a parent organism similar to itselfCompare abiogenesis
Derived Formsbiogenetic, biogenetical or biogenous (baɪˈɒdʒənəs), adjectivebiogenetically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for biogenesis

biogenesis

n.

also bio-genesis, 1870, "theory that living organisms arise only from pre-existing living matter," coined by English biologist T.H. Huxley (1825-1895) from Greek bios "life" (see bio-) + genesis (q.v.). Related: Biogenetic; biogenetical.

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Medicine definitions for biogenesis

biogenesis

[bī′ō-jĕnĭ-sĭs]

n.

The principle that life originates from preexisting life and not from nonliving material.
biosynthesis
Related formsbi′o•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) null adj.


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Science definitions for biogenesis

biogenesis

[bī′ō-jĕnĭ-sĭs]

Generation of living organisms from other living organisms.
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