LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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It is not usually used in everyday conversation, but it can be found in medical circles. Its usage was well used circa 15th century A.C. (A.D. Latin way).
It is used also today by scientists and doctors in, say, academical talking.
To find some examples google it with the keywords [ science medicine "generate a baby" ]
[L. generatus, p. p. of generare to generate, fr. genus. See Genus, Gender.]
1. To beget; to procreate; to propagate; to produce (a being similar to the parent); to engender; as, every animal generates its own species. [1913 Webster]
1: bring into existence; "The new manager generated a lot of problems"; "The computer bug generated chaos in the office" [syn: bring forth]
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "generate": accomplish, achieve, amplify, author, bear, beget, breed, breed true, bring about, bring forth, bring into being, bring to effect, bring to pass, call into being, cause, charge, coin, conceive, concoct, construct, contrive, cook up, copulate, create, crossbreed, design, develop, devise, discover, do, dream up, effect, effectuate, electrify, energize, engender, establish, evolve, fabricate, fashion, father, forge, form, found, frame, galvanize, gestate, get, get up, give being to, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, hatch, impose, improvise, inaugurate, inbreed, induce, initiate, inspire, institute, introduce, invent, loop in, make, make do with, make love, make up, manufacture, mature, mint, mother, mould, multiply, muster up, occasion, originate, outbreed, parent, perform, plan, plug in, procreate, produce, proliferate, propagate, provoke, put together, realize, reproduce, reproduce in kind, set afloat, set on foot, set up, shock, short, short-circuit, sire, spawn, step down, step up, stiffen, strike out, switch off, switch on, think out, think up, turn off, turn on, whip up, work, work up
generate vt. To produce something according to an algorithm or program or set of rules, or as a (possibly unintended) side effect of the execution of an algorithm or program. The opposite of parse. This term retains its mechanistic connotations (though often humorously) when used of human behavior. "The guy is rational most of the time, but mention nuclear energy around him and he'll generate infinite flamage."
generate To produce something according to an algorithm or program or set of rules, or as a (possibly unintended) side effect of the execution of an algorithm or program. The opposite of parse. [Jargon File] (1995-06-15)
tr.v. gen·er·at·ed, gen·er·at·ing, gen·er·ates
[Latin generre, gener t-, to produce, from genus, gener-, birth; see gen - in Indo-European roots.]
generate c.1500, "to beget" (offspring), a back formation from generation or else from L. generatus, pp. of generare "to beget, produce" (see generation); originally "to beget;" in reference to natural forces, conditions, substances, etc., attested from 1560s.
Related: Generated; generating.
regeneration c.1300, from L.L. regenerationem (nom. regeneratio) "a being born again," from L. regeneratus, pp. of regenerare "make over, generate again," from re- "again" (see re-) + generare "to produce" (see generation). Specifically of animal tissue, 1540s; of forests, 1888.
Interview transcription (notice that the choice of words of Dr. Robert Lanza tends to
the usage of the word, but the reporter´s choice do not.)
29 Dec 2002
CALLAWAY: Tell us a little bit about therapeutic cloning and the difference between what you do and what this company has claimed to have done?
LANZA: Well, therapeutic cloning is when you actually generate cells in a Petri dish, stem cells, that can be used for medical purposes. That's in contrast to reproductive cloning, where your goal is to generate a baby. So say for instance you had heart disease, what we could do is grow you out some new heart cells. And of course, through cloning, these would be your own cells, so your body wouldn't reject them. Or alternatively, if you had diabetes, we could create you new insulin producing cells.
CALLAWAY: And -- but your company claims that it has cloned a human embryo? In fact, that was like November of last year?
LANZA: They were very early stage embryos at the four to eight cell stage. Of course, to generate embryonic stem cells, you would need a larger embryo than that. I think one of our concerns for the reproductive purposes here, though, is that very early stage embryos are routinely used in IVF clinics. For instance...
LANZA: ...at the four to eight cell stage, to generate a baby. So we're concerned that those early stage embryos, if abused by the wrong group, could be doing something very much like the Raelians.
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