Definition of biogenesis in English:

biogenesis

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The synthesis of substances by living organisms.

    • ‘Is it a product of biogenesis, the result of an organic surface, something akin to a paper-like sheet of protoplasm, that turns on itself and eventually develops inner, median, and outer layers?’
    • ‘Finally, essential processes such as transcription, translation, protein trafficking, organelle biogenesis, and secretion are likely to influence iron metabolism to different degrees and in different ways.’
    • ‘These findings suggest that the specificity of translational activation plays an important role in fungal mitochondrial biogenesis.’
    • ‘Furthermore, cholesterol is required for macromolecular synthesis and cell growth as well as for membrane biogenesis in this microorganism.’
    • ‘Proteins involved with cell wall biogenesis, which display low connectivity levels, have a clear trend of later appearance.’
    • ‘Therefore, changes in the mitochondrial machinery of plants grown in high [CO 2] are associated with altered mitochondrial function and biogenesis and are not necessarily related to energy production.’
    • ‘The biogenesis of microtubules in vivo consists of a cascade of sequential reactions.’
    • ‘Replication of the mitochondrial genome is required to synthesize new protein to support biogenesis.’
    • ‘The majority of these genes are involved in coenzyme transport and metabolism and in cellular wall and membrane biogenesis.’
    • ‘Many of these effects can be interrelated through a general action on membrane biogenesis and integrity which in turn can occur because lipid metabolism is altered.’
    1. 1.1historical The hypothesis that living matter arises only from other living matter.
      • ‘Against all odds, however, Redi, strong with the strength of demonstrable fact, did splendid battle for Biogenesis; but it is remarkable that he held the doctrine in a sense which, if he had lived in these times, would have infallibly caused him to be classed among the defenders of "spontaneous generation."’
      • ‘In 1870, he returned to the question and coined the term "abiogenesis" to contrast to "biogenesis", the doctrine that all life arises from life.’
      • ‘Thomas quickly proceeds to confuse the biogenesis question with the issue of how new species arise, which he claims is "thoroughly documented."’
      • ‘Needham became a strong advocate of spontaneous generation, and performed an experiment that he felt supported his belief in biogenesis.’
      • ‘He simultaneously established the theory of biogenesis; the origin of life from pre-existing life.’

Pronunciation

biogenesis

/ˌbʌɪə(ʊ)ˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/