biogenic

adjective
bio·​gen·​ic | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈje-nik How to pronounce biogenic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly biogenous \ bī-​ˈä-​jə-​nəs How to pronounce biogenic (audio) \

Definition of biogenic

: produced by living organisms biogenic methane formation

Examples of biogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ozone alters the biogenic volatile organic compounds that are emitted by plants, everything from isoprene to terpenes. Jim Robbins, Wired, 16 Oct. 2021 Through the biogenic cycle, plants can use methane emissions to perform photosynthesis and fix the carbon back into cellulose, which cattle can then consume as part of a continuing, closed-loop cycle that is roughly a decade in length. Brian Devore, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Emerson recently proposed using aircraft to distribute a fine iron dust produced by iron-eating bacteria, called biogenic oxide. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 No matter what, the report of finding this stinky, toxic, perhaps biogenic gas on our neighbor Venus will advance the science of atmospheric biosignature detection. David Grinspoon, Scientific American, 26 Sep. 2020 Emerson recently proposed using aircraft to distribute a fine iron dust produced by iron-eating bacteria, called biogenic oxide. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 Emerson recently proposed using aircraft to distribute a fine iron dust produced by iron-eating bacteria, called biogenic oxide. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 Emerson recently proposed using aircraft to distribute a fine iron dust produced by iron-eating bacteria, called biogenic oxide. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 Emerson recently proposed using aircraft to distribute a fine iron dust produced by iron-eating bacteria, called biogenic oxide. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of biogenic

1897, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2021

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“Biogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biogenic. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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biogenic

adjective
bio·​gen·​ic | \ -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce biogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of biogenic

: produced by living organisms biogenic amine metabolism in depressed patients— D. L. Murphy

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