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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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In the late 19th century a theory, called abiogenesis, promulgated that the living organisms originated from lifeless matter spontaneously, without any living parents' action.
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This collection of papers organized as an introductory textbook, considers the subject from the evolutionary point of view, with an emphasis on abiogenesis.
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).
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There is also a speculative chapter that discusses abiogenesis (the origin of life from non-living materials), life elsewhere in the universe, and the possibility and safety of creating new life in the lab.
Along these lines, we might also mention the problem of abiogenesis, or creation of the original cell from which all subsequent life is supposed to have descended.
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Life itself would have an actinidic origin formed on actinidic substrates by abiogenesis.
Scientific evidence exists to support many elements in theories of abiogenesis (the emergence of life), including the time frame (around 3.