Definition of spontaneous generation in English:

spontaneous generation

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  • The supposed production of living organisms from nonliving matter, as inferred from the apparent appearance of life in some supposedly sterile environments.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, classic myths, being vehicles for expressing universal patterns of unconscious thought, are filled with examples of spontaneous generation.’
    • ‘He was one of the strongest opponents of the doctrine of spontaneous generation in the 17th century.’


spontaneous generation

/spänˈtānēəs ˌjenəˈrāSHən/ /spɑnˈteɪniəs ˌdʒɛnəˈreɪʃən/