panspermia

[ pan-spur-mee-uh ]
/ pænˈspɜr mi ə /

noun Biology.

the theory that life exists and is distributed throughout the universe in the form of germs or spores that develop in the right environment.

Nearby words

  1. pansil,
  2. pansinusitis,
  3. panslavism,
  4. pansophism,
  5. pansophy,
  6. pansy,
  7. pansystolic,
  8. pansystolic murmur,
  9. pant,
  10. pant leg

Also pan·sper·ma·tism [pan-spur-muh-tiz-uh m] /pænˈspɜr məˌtɪz əm/, pan·sper·my [pan-spur-mee] /ˈpænˌspɜr mi/.

Origin of panspermia

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek panspermía mixture of all seeds. See pan-, -sperm, -ia

Related formspan·sper·mic, adjective

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