abiogenesis


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Abiogenesis \Ab`i*o*gen"e*sis\, n. [Gr. 'a priv. + bi`os life +
   ge`nesis, origin, birth.] (Biol.)
   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.
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         I shall call the . . . doctrine that living matter may
         be produced by not living matter, the hypothesis of
         abiogenesis.                             --Huxley,
                                                  1870.
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