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biogenic

[bahy-oh-jen-ik] /ˌbaɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ɪk/
adjective
1.
resulting from the activity of living organisms, as fermentation.
2.
necessary for the life process, as food and water.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; bio- + -genic
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  • Plants will respond by giving off more aromatic biogenic volatile organic compounds, the study concludes.
  • The first is to look for signs of life on other planets, perhaps using biogenic markers in their atmospheres.
British Dictionary definitions for biogenic

biogenic

/ˌbaɪəʊˈdʒɛnɪk/
adjective
1.
produced or originating from a living organism
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Word Origin and History for biogenic
adj.

1904, with reference to Haeckel's recapitulation theory; 1913 as "produced by living organisms," from bio- + genic "produced by" (see genus).

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