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abiogenesis


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abiogenesis  \Ab`i*o*gen"e*sis\,  n.  [Gr.  'a  priv.  +  ?  life  +  ?, 
  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}. 
 
  I  shall  call  the  .  .  .  doctrine  that  living  matter  may 
  be  produced  by  not  living  matter,  the  hypothesis  of 
  abiogenesis.  --Huxley, 
  1870. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abiogenesis 
  n  :  a  hypothetical  organic  phenomenon  by  which  living  organisms 
  are  created  from  nonliving  matter  [syn:  {autogenesis},  {autogeny}, 
  {spontaneous  generation}] 




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