congener

noun
con·​ge·​ner | \ ˈkän-jə-nər How to pronounce congener (audio) , kən-ˈjē- How to pronounce congener (audio) \

Definition of congener

1 : a member of the same taxonomic genus as another plant or animal
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 : a chemical substance related to another

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Other Words from congener

congeneric \ ˌkän-​jə-​ˈner-​ik How to pronounce congener (audio) \ adjective
congenerous \ kən-​ˈjē-​nə-​rəs How to pronounce congener (audio) , -​ˈje-​nə-​ , (ˌ)kän-​ How to pronounce congener (audio) \ adjective

Examples of congener in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opt for clear liquor Clear liquors typically have fewer chemicals called congeners than the darker ones, Dr. Koob says. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, 26 Aug. 2019 Stick to clear booze; darker spirits like whisky have more congeners in them. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Nov. 2016 This is to separate the alcohol and congeners (at this point, called low wines) from the mash. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, 23 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of congener

circa 1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for congener

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

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The first known use of congener was circa 1736

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“Congener.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congener. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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congener

noun
con·​ge·​ner | \ ˈkän-jə-nər How to pronounce congener (audio) , kən-ˈjē- How to pronounce congener (audio) \
variants: also cogener \ ˈkō-​ˌjē-​nər How to pronounce congener (audio) , kō-​ˈ How to pronounce congener (audio) \

Medical Definition of congener

1 : a member of the same taxonomic genus as another plant or animal
2 : a chemical substance related to another tetracycline and its congeners

Other Words from congener

congeneric \ ˌkän-​jə-​ˈner-​ik How to pronounce congener (audio) \ adjective

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