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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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Adj.1.abiogenetic - originating by abiogenesisabiogenetic - originating by abiogenesis    
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Science abounds with abiogenetic models; philosophers pitch in with hylozoism, panpsychism, holism, and various other enticing metaphysical theories.
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