noun au·to·genesis

Definition of autogenesis



  1. 1 :  abiogenesis a

  2. 2 :  a concept that evolution is directed by innate orienting factors independent of the interaction of organism and environment

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of autogenesis

New Latin, from Latin aut- + genesis

First Known Use: 1858

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up autogenesis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!