- the production of living organisms from other living organisms.
- the principle that a living organism must originate from a parent organism similar to itselfCompare abiogenesis
also bio-genesis, 1870, “theory that living organisms arise only from pre-existing living matter,” coined by English biologist T.H. Huxley (1825-1895) from Greek bios “life” (see bio-) + genesis (q.v.). Related: Biogenetic; biogenetical.
- The principle that life originates from preexisting life and not from nonliving material.
- Generation of living organisms from other living organisms.