bio·​gen·​ic ˌbī-ō-ˈje-nik How to pronounce biogenic (audio)
variants or less commonly biogenous
: produced by living organisms
biogenic methane formation

Examples of biogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First is biogenic methane, produced by bacteria that digest organic materials in manure, landfills and wastewater. Emily Grubert, The Conversation, 6 July 2020 The biogenic polyamine complex is included in Fast Lean Pro to help with fat breakdown and support cell renewal. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 May 2023 Sheehan said that, for now, Air Company uses biogenic CO2 sourced from traditional ethanol fermentation, captured from another facility in upstate New York before it is released into the atmosphere, which allows the company to mitigate those emissions altogether. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2023 By growing calcium carbonate through photosynthesis, the biogenic limestone can replace quarried limestone. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2022 Those traces came in the form of biogenic graphite—rock that carries telltale signs it’s been modified by life. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 27 Sep. 2017 These pungent chemicals, called biogenic amines, are found in all sorts of foods and drinks and serve as chemical messengers. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2013 New Zealand has pledged to cut biogenic methane emissions by 10% on 2017 levels by 2030 and by up to 47% by 2050. Reuters, NBC News, 11 Oct. 2022 Agricultural accounts for half of the country’s total emissions, including 91% of its biogenic emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas with more than 80 times the global warming power of carbon dioxide in the short term. Christian Edwards, CNN, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biogenic was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Biogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


bio·​gen·​ic -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce biogenic (audio)
: produced by living organisms
biogenic amine metabolism in depressed patientsD. L. Murphy
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