Noun Abiogenesis Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abiogenesis

Pronunciation:

/ˌeɪbʌɪə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/

Definition:
1.

noun

The original evolution of life or living organisms from inorganic or inanimate substances.
  1. 'Evolutionary theory does not deal with how life originally came into existence, a process called abiogenesis.'
  2. 'Evolution doesn't encompass cosmology, or geology, or even abiogenesis; those are different areas.'
  3. 'Life's alleged origin from lifeless chemicals is commonly called chemical or prebiotic evolution, or abiogenesis.'
  4. 'I read about abiogenesis, the belief that animals and insects can be spontaneously generated from dew, piles of old clothes, the slime in wells, and mud.'
((n.) 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.)


Origin:
Late 19th century: from a- ‘not’ + Greek bios ‘life’ + genesis.

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