1. Originating externally: an exogenous model of economic growth.
2. Originating or produced from outside a cell, tissue, or organism: exogenous antioxidants.
[French exogène : Greek exō-, exo- + French -gène, -gen.]
ex·oge·ny (-ə-mē) n.
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