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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for biogeny

Historical Examples of biogeny

  • It is sometimes spoken of as the fundamental law of biogeny.

  • In the very name, "fundamental law of biogeny," which I have given to my recapitulation theory, I claim that it is universal.

    The Wonders of Life

    Ernst Haeckel

British Dictionary definitions for biogeny


  1. 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 biogeny

1870, "biogenesis;" see biogenic. As "history of the evolution of an organism," 1879.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

biogeny in Medicine


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


  1. Generation of living organisms from other living organisms.
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