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noun Biology.
  1. Also het·er·og·e·ny [het-uh-roj-uh-nee] /ˌhɛt əˈrɒdʒ ə ni/. alternation of generations, especially the alternation of parthenogenetic and sexual generations.
  2. abiogenesis.
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Origin of heterogenesis

First recorded in 1850–55; hetero- + -genesis
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Examples from the Web for heterogenesis

Historical Examples

  • Indeed, until it has been cleared up somewhat, it is not very evident what good Experimentation on Heterogenesis can do.

    The Philosophy of Natural Theology

    William Jackson

  • The true status of the evolution hypothesis is really no higher than that of the hypothesis of heterogenesis.

  • Differences between seasonal dimorphism and other cases of heterogenesis, 89.

  • In seasonal dimorphism the differences between the two generations are much less than in other cases of heterogenesis.

British Dictionary definitions for heterogenesis


  1. another name for alternation of generations, abiogenesis
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Derived Formsheterogenetic (ˌhɛtərəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) or heterogenic, adjectiveheterogenetically, adverb
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heterogenesis in Medicine


  1. The production of offspring unlike the parents.
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