Share this entry

-gen Syllabification: -gen

Definition of -gen in English:

combiningForm

1 Chemistry Denoting a substance that produces something: oxygen allergen
2 Botany Denoting a substance or plant that is produced: cultigen

Origin

Via French -gène from Greek genēs '-born, of a specified kind', from gen- (root of gignomai 'be born, become', genos 'a kind').

Definition of -gen in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fôrˈtisəˌmō
adverb
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly