In biology the word "autogenesis" has been used to describe two similar concepts:
* Abiogenesis - the origin of life, as used by Aristotle and in modern theory. [Csanyi V, Kampis G., J Theor Biol. 1985 May 21;114(2):303-21. "Autogenesis: the evolution of replicative systems." PMID 4033156]
* Orthogenesis - a discredited evolutionary idea that hypothesised a directed 'teleological' form of evolution.

Autogenesis may also have been used to mean a combination of the two, a purposeful, directed or 'special creation' abiogenesis event, the product of which undergoes orthogenesis.

The word was used in gnostic texts such as "The Secret Book of John". There it was an honorary title given to the logos, Jesus the Christ.

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  • Autogenesis — Au to*gen e*sis, n. [Auto + genesis.] (Biol.) Spontaneous generation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autogenesis — autogenesis. См. автогенез. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • autogénesis — 1. abiogénesis. 2. circunstancia autoproducida; estado que se origina desde dentro del organismo. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • autogenesis — [ôt΄ō jen′ə sis] n. 〚 AUTO + GENESIS〛 SPONTANEOUS GENERATION autogenetic [ôt΄ōjə net′ik] adj. autogenetically adv. * * * au·to·gen·e·sis (ô tō …   Universalium

  • autogenesis — [ôt΄ō jen′ə sis] n. [ AUTO + GENESIS] SPONTANEOUS GENERATION autogenetic [ôt΄ōjə net′ik] adj. autogenetically adv …   English World dictionary

  • autogenesis — n. [Gr. autos, self; genesis, beginning] Spontaneous generation; abiogenesis. autogenetic adj …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • autogenesis — noun The supposed creation of living organisms from nonliving matter …   Wiktionary

  • autogenesis — 1. The origin of living matter within the organism itself. 2. In bacteriology, the process by which vaccine is made from bacteria obtained from the patient s own body. [auto + G. genesis, production] * * * au·to·gen·e·sis (aw″to jenґə… …   Medical dictionary

  • autogenesis — spontaneous generation Causation and Formation …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • autogenesis — n. spontaneous generation (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

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