authigenic

adjective au·thi·gen·ic \¦ȯthə¦jenik\
variants: or

authigenous

\(ˈ)ȯ¦thijənəs\

Definition of authigenic

  1. :  formed where found —used of mineral particles of rocks formed by crystallization in the place they occupy —opposed to allothogenic

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Origin and Etymology of authigenic

German authigen authigenic (from Greek authigenēs born in that place, native, from authi there + -genēs born) + English -ic or -ous; akin to Greek au again — more at eke, -gen


First Known Use: circa 1888


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