abiogenesis /ˌeɪbʌɪə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1. the original evolution of life or living organisms from inorganic or inanimate substances

to construct any convincing theory of abiogenesis, we must take into account the condition of the Earth about 4 billion years ago.
2.
‹historical› another term for spontaneous generation.
II. derivatives

abiogenic
adjective


– origin late 19th cent.: from a-1 ‘not’ + Greek bios ‘life’ + genesis.

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