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 anthropogenic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anthropogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Planting trees became even more virtuous with the realization of the threats posed by anthropogenic climate change. New York Times, 13 July 2022 My thesis focuses on how microbes and their metabolisms have shaped this chemistry, from the beginning of Earth’s history to the modern age of anthropogenic climate change. Renée Zurui Wang, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Heat waves in north India are 100 times more likely in the era of anthropogenic climate change, according to an analysis by Britain’s national weather service. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 The Utah Division of Air Quality estimates that residential natural gas combustion is responsible for 4.1% of annual anthropogenic NOx emissions in counties along the Wasatch Front. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 On the other hand, anthropogenic activities cause high levels of lead contamination. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 In the last four decades, North Atlantic right whale body lengths have shrunk by about seven percent—and fishing gear entanglements and other anthropogenic activities may be to blame for the steady decline, reports Oliver Milman for the Guardian. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 Or hiring a climate science skeptic to lead a center funded to study the effects of anthropogenic climate change. Michael Poliakoff, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 More than 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists concur that anthropogenic temperature change is a reality, and challenges to that claim, while abundant, never stand up to even cursory examination. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Anthropogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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