spontaneous generation


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spontaneous generation

spontaneous generation

n
(Biology) a theory, widely held in the 19th century and earlier but now discredited, stating that living organisms could arise directly and rapidly from nonliving material. Also called: abiogenesis

a•bi•o•gen•e•sis

(ˌeɪ baɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌæb i oʊ-)

n.
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.

spontaneous generation

abiogenesis.
See also: Life
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spontaneous generation - a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matterspontaneous generation - 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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Piero's thematic consistency even bridges different categories of image, from the sacred to the non-sacred--the theme of the spontaneous generation of living things is manifest in the tadpoles of the Toledo painting, here providing a 'natural metaphor' for the Virgin birth.
Because bacterial biofilms are known to compromise production of antimicrobial superoxide radicals by immune cells, weakening the ability of the body to fight infection, the study's observation that Procellera initiated spontaneous generation of superoxide radicals is particularly significant.
There is a parallel here to biological processes--the repetition with variation that is the principle mechanism of evolution--and such resonances are all the stronger when one considers Adibi's interest in the notion of the spontaneous generation of life from inanimate matter (see, for example, Abiogenesis, 2009, or, less specifically, any of a number of works made with a precise shade of pistachio green that brings forth the otherwise imperceptible red in the unprimed beige fabric, animating chroma).
Pasteur in 1864 wrote the final obituary to the doctrine of spontaneous generation.
Although bovine PrPC with the 113L mutation has not been found in nature, it would be useful to establish whether this mutation could induce spontaneous generation of an infectious prion disease in a bovine PrP context.
11 to a close reading and argues (contra Lennox) that even in the case of spontaneous generation there is an actualization of an irreducible potentiality, that which is found in "vital" heat.
He considers the bureaucratization of France's vibrant scientific community through the national university system and an increasingly competitive labor-market in credentialed scientists; the question of ethical values inculcated by science, such as materialism and the repudiation of religious authority; the "radical synthesis" of positivism with "evolution by natural selection, the spontaneous generation of life, and polygenist doctrines on the multiplicity of the human races"; and how 19th-century French scientists "interacted with concerns that far transcended the strictly drawn boundaries of scientists' quest for an understanding and mastery of nature.
Subsequently, he developed an interest in fermentation, a subject around which the emerging germ theory clashed with the theory of spontaneous generation.
To sum up, my point is that criticizing efforts at constructivist rationalism simply on the grounds that they interfere with the spontaneous generation of social institutions is like telling a lion not to eat an antelope because doing so would be "bad for evolution.
That Aristotle mentions "pneuma" here is clearly connected with his discussion about the spontaneous generation of life-forms in the sea, which in his view possesses intrinsic life-promoting heat in shallow places.
A: Spontaneous generation is the origin of life in the wild.
Thus, Enobarbus's description of Cleopatra seems like a fantastic dream, and the clearest articulation of the central Egyptian trope of spontaneous generation comes from the drunken Lepidus, who desires to believe in an exotic Egypt that he has never seen.

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