1. gender.
  2. general.
  3. genitive.
  4. genus.

  1. Military. General.
  2. Genesis.
  3. Geneva.

  1. a combining form meaning “that which produces,” used in the formation of compound words: endogen; hydrogen.


  1. informal informationgive me the gen on your latest project See also gen up

abbreviation for

  1. General
  2. Bible Genesis

suffix forming nouns

  1. producing or that which produceshydrogen
  2. something producedcarcinogen

word-forming element technically meaning “something produced,” but mainly, in modern use, “thing that produces or causes,” from French -gène (18c.), from Greek -genes “born of, produced by,” related to genos “birth” (see genus). Originally in late 18th century chemistry and probably reflecting misunderstanding of -genes, as though it meant “that which produces.”


  1. Producer:androgen.
  2. One that is produced:phosgene.

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