Definition of spontaneous generation in English:

spontaneous generation

Line breaks: spon|tan¦eous gen¦er|ation

noun

[mass noun] historical
  • The supposed production of living organisms from non-living matter, as inferred from the apparent appearance of life in some supposedly sterile environments.
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    • 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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