congener

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noun con·ge·ner \ˈkän-jə-nər, kən-ˈjē-\

Definition of congener

  1. 1 :  a member of the same taxonomic genus as another plant or animal

  2. 2 :  a person, organism, or thing resembling another in nature or action the New England private schools and their congeners west of the Alleghenies — Oliver La Farge

  3. 3 :  a chemical substance related to another

congeneric

play \ˌkän-jə-ˈner-ik\ adjective

congenerous

play play \kən-ˈjē-nə-rəs, -ˈje-nə-, (ˌ)kän-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of congener

Latin, of the same kind, from com- + gener-, genus kind — more at kin


First Known Use: circa 1736


Medical Dictionary

congener

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noun con·ge·ner \ˈkän-jə-nər, kən-ˈjē-\
variants: also

cogener

\ˈkō-ˌjē-nər, kō-ˈ\play play

Medical Definition of congener

  1. 1:  a member of the same taxonomic genus as another plant or animal

  2. 2:  a chemical substance related to another tetracycline and its congeners

congeneric

\ˌkän-jə-ˈner-ik\play adjective

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