spontaneous generation


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spontaneous generation

spontaneous generation

n
(Biology) a theory, widely held in the 19th century and earlier but now discredited, stating that living organisms could arise directly and rapidly from nonliving material. Also called: abiogenesis

a•bi•o•gen•e•sis

(ˌeɪ baɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌæb i oʊ-)

n.
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.

spontaneous generation

abiogenesis.
See also: Life
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spontaneous generation - a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matterspontaneous generation - 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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While he teaches many wonderful things and demonstrates a remarkable grasp of the science of his day, this preeminent Father of the Church gets a few things wrong, as when he says that heavy rains produce frogs and eels by spontaneous generation (Hexaemeron 9.2).
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spontaneous generation in straw as those in the Middle Ages surmised.
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The major explanation he made was that the parasites produce eggs and gave a clue for the rejection of the theory of spontaneous generation, later this theory was rejected by Louis Pasteur in 1859.

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