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(Biology) another name for alternation of generations, abiogenesis
heterogenetic, ˌheteroˈgenic adj
ˌheterogeˈnetically adv


(ˌhɛt ər əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs)

also het•er•og•e•ny

(-əˈrɒdʒ ə ni)

alternation of generations, esp. the alternation of parthenogenetic and sexual generations.
het`er•o•ge•net′ic (-ə roʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk) adj.
het`er•o•ge•net′i•cal•ly, adv.


1. reproduction by a sexual and asexual process alternately. Cf. heterogamy.
2. reproduction in which the parent bears offspring different from itself. Cf. xenogenesis.heterogenetic, adj.
3. abiogenesis.
See also: Biology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heterogenesis - the alternation of two or more different forms in the life cycle of a plant or animal
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
digenesis, metagenesis - alternation of sexual and asexual generations