biogenesis

noun

bio·​gen·​e·​sis ˌbī-ō-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce biogenesis (audio)
1
: the development of life from preexisting life
2
: the synthesis of chemical compounds or structures in the living organism compare biosynthesis
biogenetic adjective
biogenetically adverb

Examples of biogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ribosomes are where proteins are made, so their biogenesis (literally the creation of more ribosomes) controls cell growth and also determines how much protein is synthesized. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 18 Dec. 2023 For the past 17 years, Swairjo has been researching RNA biogenesis — how RNA is made in all living cells and how it is altered. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2023 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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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of biogenesis was in 1870

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“Biogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biogenesis. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

biogenesis

noun
bio·​gen·​e·​sis -ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce biogenesis (audio)
plural biogeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce biogenesis (audio)
1
: the development of life from preexisting life
2
: the synthesis of chemical compounds or structures in the living organism compare biosynthesis
biogenetic adjective

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