ex·​og·​e·​nous | \ ek-ˈsä-jə-nəs How to pronounce exogenous (audio) \

Definition of exogenous

1 : produced by growth from superficial tissue exogenous roots produced by leaves
2a : caused by factors (such as food or a traumatic factor) or an agent (such as a disease-producing organism) from outside the organism or system exogenous obesity exogenous psychic depression exogenous market fluctuations
b : introduced from or produced outside the organism or system specifically : not synthesized within the organism or system

Other Words from exogenous

exogenously adverb

Examples of exogenous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And just as their exogenous legal battles were getting under way, the rebbe died, appointing his nephew, Moshe Teitelbaum, in his place; in the absence of the founding rebbe’s charismatic authority, dissident factions emerged. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 Drummond’s punishment stems from his role as coach of sprinter Tyson Gay, who tested positive for an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid in and out of competition in 2013. The Editors, Outside Online, 18 Dec. 2014 Secondly, geographic diversification and the creation of regional brands might lessen the impact of almost inevitable exogenous shocks and take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area. Radu Magdin, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 But from the policymaking perch, and absent an exogenous shock to the economy, a correction in house prices that might imperil financial and household stability is a far outlier scenario. Sam Chandan, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 The secreted miRNAs can be delivered into recipient cells, where exogenous miRNAs silence the target genes and trigger downstream signalling events4. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 To revert to the gold standard, the paucity of gold is the one true hurdle, there are many other reasons for the impracticality of creating an exogenous standard to which a country is beholden. Vipin Bharathan, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Since the shock to trade is exogenous for most countries, predicted trade volume from the shock can be used to identify the effect of trade on income. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 25 Mar. 2021 In the case of dinosaurs, an exogenous event, such as an asteroid, is widely speculated to have hastened their demise, paving the way for the ascent of mammals and, eventually, humans. Adam Eagleston, Forbes, 28 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of exogenous

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exogenous

French exogène exogenous, from exo- + -gène (from Greek -genēs born) — more at -gen

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ex·​og·​e·​nous | \ ek-ˈsäj-ə-nəs How to pronounce exogenous (audio) \
variants: also exogenic \ ˌek-​sō-​ˈjen-​ik How to pronounce exogenous (audio) \

Medical Definition of exogenous

1 : growing from or on the outside exogenous spores
2 : caused by factors (as food or a traumatic event) or an agent (as a disease-producing organism) from outside the organism or system exogenous obesity exogenous depression
3 : introduced from or produced outside the organism or system specifically : not synthesized within the organism or system — compare endogenous

Other Words from exogenous

exogenously adverb

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