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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a combining form meaning "that which produces,'' used in the formation of compound words:endogen; hydrogen.
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- French -gène Greek -genēs born, produced; akin to Latin genus, kin
- Place NamesGeneva.
-gen- comes from Greek and Latin, where it has the meanings "race;
produced.'' These meanings are found in such words as: antigen, carcinogen, congenital, degenerate, engender, erogenous, gender, gene, generate, genus, homogenize.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gen /dʒɛn/ n
Etymology: 20th Century: from gen(eral information)
- informal information: give me the gen on your latest project
See also gen up
-gen suffix forming nouns
Etymology: via French -gène, from Greek -genēs born
- producing or that which produces: hydrogen
- something produced: carcinogen
Gen. abbreviation for
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