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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The principle that living organisms develop only from other living organisms and not from nonliving matter.
  • n. Generation of living organisms from other living organisms.
  • n. See biosynthesis.
  • n. The supposed recurrence of the evolutionary stages of a species during the embryonic development and differentiation of a member of that species. Also called recapitulation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The principle that living organisms are produced only from other living organisms
  • n. biosynthesis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A doctrine that the genesis or production of living organisms can take place only through the agency of living germs or parents; -- called also biogeny; -- opposed to abiogenesis.
  • n. Life development generally.
  • n. the production of a chemical compound by a living organism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The genesis or production of living beings from living beings; generation in an ordinary sense: the converse of spontaneous generation, or abiogenesis.
  • n. The doctrine which holds that the genesis of living beings from living beings is the only one of which we have any knowledge, and which investigates or speculates upon the facts in the case upon such premises: the opposite of abiogenesis.
  • n. Same as biogeny, 1.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the production of living organisms from other living organisms
  • n. production of a chemical compound by a living organism

Etymologies

bio- + -genesis (Wiktionary)

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