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 (bī′ō-jĕn′ĭ-sĭs) also bi·og·e·ny (bī-ŏj′ə-nē)
1. The principle that living organisms develop only from other living organisms and not from nonliving matter.
2. Generation of living organisms from other living organisms.
4. The supposed recurrence of the evolutionary stages of a species during the embryonic development and differentiation of a member of that species. Also called recapitulation.

bi′o·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk), bi′o·ge·net′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
bi′o·ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.


(Genetics) the principle that a living organism must originate from a parent organism similar to itself. Compare abiogenesis
ˌbiogeˈnetic, ˌbiogeˈnetical, biogenous adj
ˌbiogeˈnetically adv


(ˌbaɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

also bi•og•e•ny

(baɪˈɒdʒ ə ni)

the production of living organisms from other living organisms.
[coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870]
bi`o•ge•net′ic (-dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) bi`o•ge•net′i•cal, bi•og′e•nous, adj.
bi`o•ge•net′i•cal•ly, adv.


Generation of living organisms from other living organisms.

biogenesis, biogeny

1. the process by which living organisms develop from other living organisms.
2. the belief that living organisms can only develop from other living organisms. — biogenic, biogenetic, adj.biogenetically, biogenically, adv.
See also: Biology
1. the process by which living organisms develop from other living organisms.
2. the belief that this process is the only way in which living organisms can develop. — biogenetic, biogenic, adj.
See also: Life
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.biogenesis - production of a chemical compound by a living organism
synthesis - the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)
2.biogenesis - the production of living organisms from other living organismsbiogenesis - the production of living organisms from other living organisms
multiplication, propagation, generation - the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production


[ˌbaɪəʊˈdʒenɪsɪs] Nbiogénesis f
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