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biopoiesisBiopoiese (ger.)

  • Spontaneous generation of living beings.

    Biopoesis (the cognate adjective is biopoeic) seems a more suitable word than Huxley’s abiogenesis for the making of life de novo. Words ending in genesis carry a sense of generation as in animals; the making of like by like.

    Pirie, N.W. (1953). Ideas and assumptions about the origin of life. Discovery 14, 238-242: 239.


    biopoiesis The origin of life, including the abiotic synthesis of macromolecular systems and the transformation (eobiogenesis) of these systems into the first living organisms (eobionts).    

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 33.