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

Examples of biogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lactate production during intense exercise stimulates a phenomenon called mitochondrial biogenesis after exercise. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 24 Jan. 2014 The group engineered a lettuce to biosynthesize artificial miRNAs to specifically target the hepatitis B virus surface antigen gene (HBsAg) with the endogenous miRNA biogenesis machinery of the lettuce18. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 Rodriguez served a one-year suspension in 2014 for his involvement in the biogenesis scandal. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of biogenesis

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for biogenesis

New Latin

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17 Mar 2022

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“Biogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biogenesis. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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biogenesis

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

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

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