biogenesis

noun bio·gen·e·sis \ ˌbī-ō-ˈje-nə-səs \

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

biogenetic

play \-jə-ˈne-tik\ adjective

biogenetically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of biogenesis

New Latin


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biogenesis

noun bio·gen·e·sis \ -ˈjen-ə-səs \

medical Definition of biogenesis

plural biogeneses play \-ˌsēz\
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

biogenetic

play \-jə-ˈnet-ik\ adjective

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