au·​thi·​gen·​ic | \ ¦ȯthə¦jenik \
variants: or authigenous \ (ˈ)ȯ¦thijənəs \

Definition of authigenic

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

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First Known Use of authigenic

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Authigenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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