• WordNet 3.6
    • n biogenesis the production of living organisms from other living organisms
    • n biogenesis production of a chemical compound by a living organism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Biogenesis (Biol) 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.
    • Biogenesis the production of a chemical compound by a living organism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n biogenesis The genesis or production of living beings from living beings; generation in an ordinary sense: the converse of spontaneous generation, or abiogenesis. Various methods in which biogenesis is known to occur give rise to special terms, as gamogenesis, parthenogenesis, etc.
    • n biogenesis 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 biogenesis Same as biogeny, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Biogenesis (-jen′e-sis) the process of natural generation of life from life, as opposed to spontaneous generation, or abiogenesis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. bi`os life + , , birth


In literature:

Abiogenesis, Huxley's address on Biogenesis and.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
BIOGENESIS, name of the theory that derives life from life, and opposed to ABIOGENESIS (q. v.).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The housewife puts up canned fruit with the utmost confidence because she believes in this great Law of Biogenesis.
"Q. E. D., or New Light on the Doctrine of Creation" by George McCready Price
This, says Haeckel, is what the "fundamental Law of Biogenesis" teaches us.
"At the Deathbed of Darwinism" by Eberhard Dennert
Biogenesis: the production of life from antecedent life.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Biogenesis, in like manner, will act wherever there is life.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Biogenesis, sir, is the Law of Life.
"In the Guardianship of God" by Flora Annie Steel

In science:

In a recent paper astro-ph/0205014 Lineweaver and Davis performed a statistical analysis to claim that the rapidity of biogenesis on Earth indicates high probability of biogenesis on terrestrial- type planets.
Comment on "Does the rapid appearence of life on Earth suggest that life is common in the Universe"
The rapid initial biogenesis is consistent with a large number (N of the order of 10) of crucial steps in evolution from simplest life forms to humans.
Comment on "Does the rapid appearence of life on Earth suggest that life is common in the Universe"
Biogenesis: Theories of Life’s Origin, p. 259.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence