Definitions for abiogenesisˌeɪ baɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌæb i oʊ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a•bi•o•gen•e•sisˌeɪ baɪ oʊˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌæb i oʊ-(n.)
the production of living organisms by nonliving matter; spontaneous generation: a former belief.
Origin of abiogenesis:
a -6+biogenesis ; coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870
a`bi•og′e•nist-ˈɒdʒ ə nɪst(n.)
abiogenesis, autogenesis, autogeny, spontaneous generation(noun)
a hypothetical organic phenomenon by which living organisms are created from nonliving matter
The origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation.
Origin: * From abio + genesis
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
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the doctrine of spontaneous generation.