Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday June 22, 2011
1. To be completely different from either parent, or from the source of an object's creation.
2. In biology, originating outside the organism or from a foreign substance introduced into the organism.
Dr. Forssmann also believes that it was wrong to put a pig's liver in a dying woman in Buenos Aires - presumably on the ground that hetero- grafts or xenogenic (i.e., interspecific) transplants are "unnatural."
-- Stephen E. Lammers, Allen Verhey, On moral medicine: theological perspectives in medical ethics
I can picture it because he is still the furnace, the heat source in any room: booming, proud, imperious, xenogenic.
-- Clark Blaise, Bharati Mukherjee, Days and nights in Calcutta
Xenogenic combines the Greek roots xeno-, "strange, or other," and -genic, "produced or caused by."