Definition of spontaneous generation in English:

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spontaneous generation

Pronunciation: /spänˈtānēəs ˌjenəˈrāSHən/

noun

historical
The supposed production of living organisms from nonliving matter, as inferred from the apparent appearance of life in some supposedly sterile environments.
Example sentences
  • The intense arguments for and against the concept of spontaneous generation spurred on the developments in the field.
  • The origin of living beings is initially through spontaneous generation.
  • The further science progresses, the more unlikely spontaneous generation seems.

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Syllabification: spon·ta·ne·ous gen·er·a·tion

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