a combining form often corresponding to nouns ending in -gen, or -geny, with the following senses: “producing or causing” (hallucinogenic ); “produced or caused by” (cosmogenic ); “pertaining to a gene or genes” (polygenic ); “pertaining to suitability for reproduction by a medium” (telegenic ).
Compare -genous.

see -gen, -ic

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n combining form
indicating genesis, development, or generation: biogenesis; parthenogenesis
[New Latin, from Latin: genesis]
adj combining form
adj combining form

adj combining form
1.  relating to production or generation: carcinogenic
2.  well suited to or suitable for: photogenic
[from -gen + -ic]

n combining form
indicating origin or manner of development: phylogeny
[from Greek -geneia, from -genēs born]
adj combining form

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-genic suff.

  1. Producing; generating: carcinogenic.

  2. Produced or generated by: cryptogenic.

  3. Suitable for production or reproduction by a specified medium: photogenic.

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