Biology. the now discredited theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously from inanimate matter; spontaneous generation.
“Aristotle would have loved that.” Nancy was standing behind him. “Why Aristotle?” she asked. “He believed in abiogenesis , the idea that living creatures can arise from nonliving matter.”
— Tom Clancy , Games of State , 1996
Oberth, who accurately predicted rocket development on earth, suspects that the prerequisites for abiogenesis exist on other planets in the solar system.
— Erich von Daniken, translated by Michael Heron , Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past , 1968
Coined by T. H. Huxley in 1870, abiogenesis comes from the Latin words meaning “birth” and “origin.”