me·​than·​o·​gen·​ic | \ mə-ˌtha-nə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce methanogenic (audio) \

Definition of methanogenic

: producing methane as a by-product of energy metabolism : of, relating to, or being a methanogen Most atmospheric methane appears to be microbially generated, originating from methane producing (methanogenic) archaea that live in anaerobic pockets around the globe.— Edward F. DeLong also : of, relating to, or involved in methanogenesis Methanogenic pathways determine both the carbon and hydrogen isotopic signatures of the emitted CH4, which in turn can be used to better constrain the global methane budget.— Michael Bock et al. methanogenic enzymes

First Known Use of methanogenic

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for methanogenic

methane + -o- + -genic

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about methanogenic

Time Traveler for methanogenic

Time Traveler

The first known use of methanogenic was in 1955

See more words from the same year

Statistics for methanogenic

Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Methanogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for methanogenic


me·​than·​o·​gen·​ic | \ -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce methanogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of methanogenic

: of or relating to the methanogens or methanogenesis

Comments on methanogenic

What made you want to look up methanogenic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!