biogenic

[bahy-oh-jen-ik]
adjective
  1. resulting from the activity of living organisms, as fermentation.
  2. necessary for the life process, as food and water.

Origin of biogenic

First recorded in 1875–80; bio- + -genic
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British Dictionary definitions for biogenic

biogenic

adjective
  1. produced or originating from a living organism
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Word Origin and History for biogenic
adj.

1904, with reference to Haeckel's recapitulation theory; 1913 as "produced by living organisms," from bio- + genic "produced by" (see genus).

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