[syn: biogenesis, biogeny]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Biogenesis \Bi`o*gen"e*sis\, Biogeny \Bi*og"e*ny\, n. [Gr. bi`os
life + ?, ?, birth.] (Biol.)
(a) A doctrine that the genesis or production of living
organisms can take place only through the agency of
living germs or parents; -- called also biogeny; --
opposed to abiogenesis.
(b) Life development generally.
2. the production of a chemical compound by a living
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: production of a chemical compound by a living organism
[syn: biosynthesis, biogenesis]
2: the production of living organisms from other living
organisms [syn: biogenesis, biogeny]