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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.
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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
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(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.
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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
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The established theory (known as abiogenesis) is that cellular organisms developed out of the primordial Petri dish that was a young earth, but prominent scientists like Francis Crick the co-discoverer of DNA also posit the exogenesis theory, a belief that life may have been seeded on earth from outer space.
Kepler 452b, discovered in 2015, lies in the middle of a newly identified "abiogenesis zone" where the right conditions exist for life to be spawned by starlight and chemistry.
Many exoplanets identified by the Kepler mission sit in this so-called "abiogenesis zone," including Kepler 452b - the exoplanet NASA dubbed as Earth's "cousin" three years ago.
A planet in the abiogenesis zone is bathed in the right level and type of ultraviolet radiation from its star to kick-start chemical reactions thought to have given birth to life on Earth.
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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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Again, we have biology, abiogenesis, chemistry, and physics to methodically address such questions.
This collection of papers organized as an introductory textbook, considers the subject from the evolutionary point of view, with an emphasis on abiogenesis. Necessarily a combination of science and philosophy, the text ranges form the questions of origins (of the Solar System, of elements) to detailed discussions of pre-biotic chemistries, biochemical synthesis, the presence of organic molecules in the interstellar medium, the questions of limits of life and the fossil record.
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).