Definition for gen (2 of 3)

Definition for gen (3 of 3)

-gen


a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words: endogen; hydrogen.
Also -gene.

Origin of -gen

< French -gèneGreek -genēs born, produced; akin to Latin genus, kin
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British Dictionary definitions for gen (1 of 3)

gen

/ (dʒɛn) /

noun

informal informationgive me the gen on your latest project See also gen up

Word Origin for gen

C20: from gen (eral information)

British Dictionary definitions for gen (2 of 3)

Gen.


abbreviation for

General
Bible Genesis

British Dictionary definitions for gen (3 of 3)

-gen


suffix forming nouns

producing or that which produceshydrogen
something producedcarcinogen

Word Origin for -gen

via French -gène, from Greek -genēs born
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Word Origin and History for gen

-gen


word-forming element technically meaning "something produced," but mainly, in modern use, "thing that produces or causes," from French -gène (18c.), from Greek -genes "born of, produced by," related to genos "birth" (see genus). Originally in late 18th century chemistry and probably reflecting misunderstanding of -genes, as though it meant "that which produces."

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Medicine definitions for gen

-gen


suff.

Producer:androgen.
One that is produced:phosgene.
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