(biology) 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
Etymology: From Ancient Greek (polytonic, á-) (a-) "not" + (polytonic, ) (bios) "life" + (polytonic, ) (genesis) "origin, birth".
- I shall call the ... doctrine that living matter may be produced by not living matter, the hypothesis of " Huxley, 1870
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