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[ey-bahy-oh-jen-uh-sis, ab-ee-oh-]
noun Biology.
the now discredited theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously from inanimate matter; spontaneous generation.

a-6 + biogenesis; coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870

abiogenetic [ey-bahy-oh-juh-net-ik, ab-ee-oh-] , abiogenetical, adjective
abiogenetically, adverb
abiogenist [ey-bahy-oj-uh-nist, ab-ee-] , noun Unabridged
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abiogenesis (ˌeɪbaɪəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs)
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
[C19: New Latin, from a-1 + bio- + genesis]

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abiogenesis   (ā'bī-ō-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
See spontaneous generation.
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