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The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter. Also called autogenesis, spontaneous generation.

a′bi·o·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk), a′bi·o·ge·net′i·cal adj.
a′bi·o·ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.
a′bi·og′e·nist (-ŏj′ə-nĭst) n.


1. (Biology) Also called: autogenesis the hypothetical process by which living organisms first arose on earth from nonliving matter
2. (Biology) another name for spontaneous generation Compare biogenesis
[C19: New Latin, from a-1 + bio- + genesis]
ˌabiogeˈnetic adj
ˌabiogeˈnetically adv
abiogenist n


(ˌeɪ baɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌæb i oʊ-)

the production of living organisms by nonliving matter; spontaneous generation: a former belief.
(a-6 + biogenesis; coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870]
a`bi•o•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) a`bi•o•ge•net′i•cal, adj.
a`bi•o•ge•net′i•cal•ly, adv.
a`bi•og′e•nist (-ˈɒdʒ ə nɪst) n.


Biology. the production of living organisms from inanimate matter. Also called spontaneous generation. — abiogenetic, adj.
See also: Life
generation of living organisms from inanimate matter. Also called spontaneous generation.
See also: Heredity
the process of generation of living organisms from inanimate matter; spontaneous generation. — abiogenetic, adj.abiogenetically, adv.
See also: Biology
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Noun1.abiogenesis - a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matterabiogenesis - a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
abiogènesiautogènesigeneració espontània
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This process, also called abiogenesis, was the process by which, in Paracelsus's time, many lower creatures, such as insects, were thought to originate spontaneously from rotting organic matter.
It is important to state that the theory of evolution is not concerned with how life on Earth originated; the origin of life is explained in natural science by abiogenesis or biopoesis, which acts as the other side of the theory of evolution by proposing the ways in which life could have arisen out of inanimate matter.
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