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

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About 2500 are made of the biogenic atoms carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, sulfur, and hydrogen, and about 600 are actually produced by life on Earth. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Earth-sized alien worlds are out there. Now, astronomers are figuring out how to detect life on them," 1 Nov. 2017 Species far older than us, microbes mostly, have evolved over millennia to coexist with, and even to synthesize and break down, specific types of biogenic halocarbons. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017 An analysis of graphite found in Canada's Labrador region showed that the material was biogenic — meaning it was created by living organisms. Justin Worland, Time, "Scientists Say They've Found What Could Be Oldest Life on Earth," 28 Sep. 2017 Old rocks like these are often tested for traces of biogenic graphite, a version of graphite only produced by living things. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Find Signs of Life in 4 Billion-Year-Old Rocks," 27 Sep. 2017

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of biogenic

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

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