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 biogenous (audio) \

Definition of biogenic

: produced by living organisms biogenic methane formation

Examples of biogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emerson recently proposed using aircraft to distribute a fine iron dust produced by iron-eating bacteria, called biogenic oxide. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "Is there Really Life on Venus? There's Only One Way to Know for Sure," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 3 Jan. 2020 Some biogenic methane is generated naturally when organic materials break down without oxygen. Emily Grubert, The Conversation, "‘Renewable’ natural gas may sound green, but it’s not an antidote for climate change," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of biogenic

1897, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2020

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“Biogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biogenic. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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