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exogenous

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adjective ex·og·e·nous \ek-ˈsä-jə-nəs\

Definition of exogenous

  1. 1 :  produced by growth from superficial tissue <exogenous roots produced by leaves>

  2. 2 a :  caused by factors (as food or a traumatic factor) or an agent (as a disease-producing organism) from outside the organism or system <exogenous obesity> <exogenous psychic depression> <exogenous market fluctuations> b :  introduced from or produced outside the organism or system; specifically :  not synthesized within the organism or system

exogenously adverb


Origin of exogenous

French exogène exogenous, from exo- + -gène (from Greek -genēs born) — more at -gen


First Known Use: 1830

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exogenous

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adjective ex·og·e·nous \ek-ˈsäj-ə-nəs\

Medical Definition of exogenous

  1. 1:  growing from or on the outside <exogenous spores>

  2. 2:  caused by factors (as food or a traumatic event) or an agent (as a disease-producing organism) from outside the organism or system <exogenous obesity> <exogenousdepression>

  3. 3:  introduced from or produced outside the organism or system; specifically :  not synthesized within the organism or system—compare endogenous

exogenously adverb


Variants of exogenous

also exogenic \ˌek-sō-ˈjen-ik\play

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