abiogeny
Abiogenesis Ab`i*o*gen"e*sis, n. [Gr. 'a priv. + bi`os life + ge`nesis, origin, birth.] (Biol.) The supposed origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation; -- called also {abiogeny}, and opposed to {biogenesis}. [1913 Webster]

I shall call the . . . doctrine that living matter may be produced by not living matter, the hypothesis of abiogenesis. --Huxley, 1870. [1913 Webster]


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  • Abiogeny — Ab i*og e*ny, n. (Biol.) Same as {Abiogenesis}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abiogeny — (ˌæbɪˈɒdʒənɪ) [f. Gr. ἄβιος without life + γενεια birth.] = abiogenesis …   Useful english dictionary

  • abiogeny — noun abiogenesis …   Wiktionary

  • Abiogenesis — Ab i*o*gen e*sis, n. [Gr. a priv. + bi os life + ge nesis, origin, birth.] (Biol.) The supposed origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abiogenesis — noun The origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation. Syn: abiogeny Ant: transformism, bioginesis …   Wiktionary

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