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abiogenesis

(ā′bī-ō-jĕn′ĭ-sĭs)
n.
The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter. Also called autogenesis, spontaneous generation.

a′bi·o·ge·net′ic (-jə-nĕt′ĭk), a′bi·o·ge·net′i·cal adj.
a′bi·o·ge·net′i·cal·ly adv.
a′bi·og′e·nist (-ŏj′ə-nĭst) n.
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abiogenesis

(1) Spontaneous generation. 
(2) The theory of spontaneous generation.
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a·bi·o·gen·e·sis

(ā'bī-ō-jen'ĕ-sis)
Spontaneous origination of a living organisms directly from lifeless matter.
See also: spontaneous generation
[G. a-, without, + bios, life, + genesis, formation]
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abiogenesis

The theory of ‘spontaneous generation’-the long-discarded notion that living organisms can be formed from non-living matter. Louis Pasteur's work (see PASTEURIZATION) did much to overthrow this idea which was based largely on the observation that maggots often appeared on rotting meat.
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abiogenesis

see SPONTANEOUS GENERATION.
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