endogenous

[en-doj-uh-nuh s]

adjective

proceeding from within; derived internally.
Biology. growing or developing from within; originating within.
Pathology. (of a disease) resulting from conditions within the organism rather than externally caused.
Biochemistry. pertaining to the metabolism of nitrogenous elements of cells and tissues.
Geology. endogenetic.

Nearby words

  1. endogamy,
  2. endogen,
  3. endogenesis,
  4. endogenetic,
  5. endogenic toxicosis,
  6. endogenous depression,
  7. endogenous hyperglyceridemia,
  8. endogenous infection,
  9. endogeny,
  10. endointoxication

Origin of endogenous

First recorded in 1825–35; endo- + -genous

Related formsen·do·ge·nic·i·ty [en-doh-juh-nis-i-tee] /ˌɛn doʊ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti/, nounen·dog·e·nous·ly, adverb

Can be confusedendogenous indigenous

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British Dictionary definitions for endogenous

endogenous

adjective

biology developing or originating within an organism or part of an organismendogenous rhythms
having no apparent external causeendogenous depression
Derived Formsendogenously, adverbendogeny, noun

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Word Origin and History for endogenous

endogenous

adj.

1830, from endo- "within" + -genous "producing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for endogenous

endogenous

[ĕn-dŏjə-nəs]

adj.

Originating or produced within an organism, tissue, or cell.
Caused by factors within the body. Used of a disease.
Related formsen•doge•nous•ly adv.en•doge•ny n.


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Science definitions for endogenous

endogenous

[ĕn-dŏjə-nəs]

Originating or produced within an organism, tissue, or cell. Compare exogenous.
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