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 (ô′tō-jĕn′ĭ-sĭs) also au·tog·e·ny (ô-tŏj′ə-nē)
au′to·ge·ne′tic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk) adj.
au′to·ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌɔːtəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) or


(Biology) another word for abiogenesis1
autogenetic adj
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Noun1.autogenesis - a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matterautogenesis - a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
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98, autogenesis gives way without transition to Ea's creation of mankind.
As Siegel summarized, nineteenth-century doctors "defended the claim that life begins at conception with an argument that life developed by autogenesis.
The literary as well as historical trajectory of Cervantes's oeuvre is noteworthy, even spectacular, for the way it evidences a poetics built upon Chicana/Indigenous women's self-reliance or what I have called elsewhere, its autogenesis.
Indeed, the boy's fantasy of immortality--of an impossible autogenesis and self-possession--requires an attendant fantasy of immaculate conception, as well as a refusal to acknowledge his archaic symbiosis with and dependence on the mother.
The usual sources of fire have already been denied in line 26, while line 27 expresses the notion of autogenesis directly: "flames begotten of flame.
For it's true that Shaw attempted autogenesis long before Joyce did, leaving a record of that in his five early novels, which constitute a sort of "portrait of the artist as a young superman.
She also touches upon Marguerite de Navarre's revisions of sixteenth-century French political theory in the Heptameron, suggesting that these phallocratic theories are already queer in their presentations of the metaphors of the family and reproduction, and that Marguerite further queers these metaphors by presenting a feminine alternative to male autogenesis.
At the same time, the autogenesis of the work tends to invert causal relations in such a way as to put into question humanist notions of the subject.