an·​thro·​po·​gen·​ic | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce anthropogenic (audio) \

Definition of anthropogenic

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature anthropogenic pollutants

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anthropogenically \ ˌan(t)-​thrə-​pə-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anthropogenically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anthropogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of these fundamental behaviors are at risk if animals can’t hear properly over booming anthropogenic noise. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Noise Pollution Impacts a Wide Range of Species, Study Finds," 22 Nov. 2019 The researchers used a suite of climate models to investigate the influence of anthropogenic warming on the present-day situation. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Climate Change Has Helped Fuel a Megadrought in the Southwest," 17 Apr. 2020 Our estimates suggest that the amount of CO2 that each CAMP magmatic pulse injected into the end-Triassic atmosphere is comparable to the amount of anthropogenic emissions projected for the 21st century. Fox News, "Volcano emissions released during ancient mass extinction offer us a warning, scientists say," 9 Apr. 2020 Hottest summers in different climatic regions can be linked to natural climate variability as well as anthropogenic climate change. Sahana Ghosh, Quartz India, "India’s hot climate got hotter in the past decade," 15 Mar. 2020 And anthropogenic influences are easily detectable in terms of extreme temperatures. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "Climate Change Affected Australia’s Wildfires, Scientists Confirm," 4 Mar. 2020 The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change released a report last year stating that there will be an unprecedented rise in the frequency of cyclones in the Arabian Sea due to anthropogenic warming of the oceans. Supriya Vohra, Quartz India, "“There is no fish in the ocean”: The future has arrived in this Indian fishing village," 18 Feb. 2020 Even since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report in 2014, which synthesized anthropogenic change, impacts have heightened. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "Climate Change Is Ruining My Birthday," 1 Feb. 2020 Our woke older daughter suggested the best thing people who care about the planet can do is vote for candidates who believe in anthropogenic climate change and embrace environmentalism. Washington Post, "The shame of it all: Second thoughts after buying a car and getting grief," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of anthropogenic

circa 1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthropogenic

anthropo- + -genic

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The first known use of anthropogenic was circa 1883

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10 Jun 2020

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“Anthropogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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an·​thro·​po·​gen·​ic | \ -pə-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce anthropogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of anthropogenic

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature anthropogenic sources of pollution

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