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abiogenesis

[ey-bahy-oh-jen-uh-sis, ab-ee-oh-] /ˌeɪ baɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌæb i oʊ-/
noun
1.
the now discredited theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously from inanimate matter; spontaneous generation.
2.
the theory that the earliest life forms on earth developed from nonliving matter.
Compare biogenesis.
Origin of abiogenesis
a-6 + biogenesis; coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870
Related forms
abiogenetic
[ey-bahy-oh-juh-net-ik, ab-ee-oh-] /ˌeɪ baɪ oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, ˌæb i oʊ-/ (Show IPA),
abiogenetical, adjective
abiogenetically, adverb
abiogenist
[ey-bahy-oj-uh-nist, ab-ee-] /ˌeɪ baɪˈɒdʒ ə nɪst, ˌæb i-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for abiogenesis

abiogenesis

/ˌeɪbaɪəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/
noun
1.
Also called autogenesis. the hypothetical process by which living organisms first arose on earth from nonliving matter
2.
another name for spontaneous generation Compare biogenesis
Derived Forms
abiogenetic, adjective
abiogenist (ˌeɪbaɪˈɒdʒɪnɪst) noun
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from a-1 + bio- + genesis
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abiogenesis in Science
abiogenesis
  (ā'bī-ō-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)   
See spontaneous generation.
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