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The word endogenous ( ancient Greek ἐνδ endo , German 'from the inside' , ancient Greek γένος génos , German 'created inside' ) means that something arises from internal causes or has an internal or external effect from within a system . The opposite is exogenous . These words are used in various sciences.


The word is made up of the Greek word components endo ( Greek ἐνδ 'from within' ) and the suffix “-gen” ( Greek γένος , origin ' ). Endogenous therefore means that something has arisen through internal causes. If the word is used in the natural sciences and medicine , it usually refers to causes arising from an organism itself, acting on the body from within. This can describe substances, substances, bacteria, viruses or processes, for example. The word endogenous is also used in other subject areas.

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