abiogenesis

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From a- (not, the alpha privative) +‎ bio- (life-) +‎ genesis (origin).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /abi.oʊˈdʒɛn.ə.sɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌeɪˌbai.oʊˈdʒɛn.ə.sɪs/

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abiogenesis (plural abiogeneses)

  1. (biology) The origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation. [Late 19th century.] [1]
    • 1870, Thomas Huxley, Imperial Granum, The Great Medicinal Food:
      I shall call the ... doctrine that living matter may be produced by not living matter, the hypothesis of abiogenesis

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  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0198605751), page 4