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abiogenesis

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noun abio·gen·e·sis \ˌā-ˌbī-ō-ˈje-nə-səs\

Definition of abiogenesis

  1. :  the origin of life from nonliving matter: as

  2. a :  spontaneous generationb :  a theory in the evolution of early life on earth: organic molecules and subsequent simple life forms first originated from inorganic substances

abi·og·e·nistplay \ˌā-(ˌ)bī-ˈä-jə-nist\ noun


Origin of abiogenesis

New Latin, from 2a- + bio- + Latin genesis


First Known Use: 1870


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abiogenesis

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noun abio·gen·e·sis \ˌā-ˌbī-ō-ˈjen-ə-səs\

Medical Definition of abiogenesis

  1. :  the supposed spontaneous origination of living organisms directly from lifeless matter—called also spontaneous generation; compare biogenesis

  2. abi·og·e·nist \ˌā-(ˌ)bī-ˈäj-ə-nəst\play or abio·gen·e·sist \-ˌbī-ō-ˈjen-ə-səst\play noun




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