BEGINNING OF LIFE
\bɪɡˈɪnɪŋ ɒv lˈa͡ɪf], \bɪɡˈɪnɪŋ ɒv lˈaɪf], \b_ɪ_ɡ_ˈɪ_n_ɪ_ŋ ɒ_v l_ˈaɪ_f]\
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The state that distinguishes organisms from inorganic matter, manifested by growth, metabolism, reproduction, and adaptation. It includes the course of existence, the sum of experiences, the mode of existing, or the fact of being. Over the centuries inquiries into the nature of life have crossed the boundaries from philosophy to biology, forensic medicine, anthropology, etc., in creative as well as scientific literature. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed; Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)
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