biogeny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n biogeny the production of living organisms from other living organisms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Biogeny (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.
    • Biogeny the production of a chemical compound by a living organism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n biogeny The genesis or evolution of the forms of matter which manifest the phenomena of life. It is divided into two main branches: ontogeny, or the genesis of the individual organism, and phylogeny, or the genesis of the species, race, stock, or tribe to which the individual belongs. Also biogenesis.
    • n biogeny The science or doctrine of biogenesis; the history of organic evolution. As in the preceding sense, it is divided into ontogeny, or germ-history, or the history of the embryological development of the individual organism, and phylogeny, or tribal history, or the history of the paleontological evolution of organic species.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. bi`os life + , , birth

Usage

In literature:

It is sometimes spoken of as the fundamental law of biogeny.
"Education: How Old The New" by James J. Walsh
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