biogenesis

noun
bio·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce biogenesis (audio) \

Definition of biogenesis

1 : the development of life from preexisting life
2 : the synthesis of chemical compounds or structures in the living organism — compare biosynthesis

Other Words from biogenesis

biogenetic \ ˌbī-​ō-​jə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce biogenetic (audio) \ adjective
biogenetically \ ˌbī-​ō-​jə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biogenetically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of biogenesis

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for biogenesis

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“Biogenesis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biogenesis. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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biogenesis

noun
bio·​gen·​e·​sis | \ -ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce biogenesis (audio) \
plural biogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce biogeneses (audio) \

Medical Definition of biogenesis

1 : the development of life from preexisting life — compare abiogenesis
2 : a supposed tendency for stages in the evolutionary history of a race to briefly recur during the development and differentiation of an individual of that race
3 : the synthesis of chemical compounds or structures in the living organism — compare biosynthesis

Other Words from biogenesis

biogenetic \ -​jə-​ˈnet-​ik How to pronounce biogenetic (audio) \ adjective

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