Meaning of abiogenesis

a•bi•o•gen•e•sis

Pronunciation: (ā"bī-ō-jen'u-sis, ab"ē-ō-), [key]
— n. Biol.
  1. the now discredited theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously from inanimate matter; spontaneous generation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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