biogenic

[bahy-oh-jen-ik]

adjective

resulting from the activity of living organisms, as fermentation.
necessary for the life process, as food and water.

Nearby words

  1. biogen,
  2. biogenesis,
  3. biogenetic,
  4. biogenetic law,
  5. biogenetics,
  6. biogenic amine,
  7. biogeny,
  8. biogeochemical cycle,
  9. biogeochemistry,
  10. biogeography

Origin of biogenic

First recorded in 1875–80; bio- + -genic

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British Dictionary definitions for biogenic

biogenic

adjective

produced or originating from a living organism
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Word Origin and History for biogenic

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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