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panspermia

[pan-spur-mee-uh] /pænˈspɜr mi ə/
noun, Biology
1.
the theory that life exists and is distributed throughout the universe in the form of germs or spores that develop in the right environment.
Also, panspermatism
[pan-spur-muh-tiz-uh m] /pænˈspɜr məˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
panspermy
[pan-spur-mee] /ˈpænˌspɜr mi/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Neo-Latin < Greek panspermía mixture of all seeds. See pan-, -sperm, -ia
Related forms
panspermic, adjective
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