AskDefine | Define anthropogenic

Dictionary Definition

anthropogenic adj : of or relating to the study of the origins and development of human beings [syn: anthropogenetic]

User Contributed Dictionary



anthropo- + -genic: human caused.


  1. of or related to the influence of human beings or their ancestors on natural objects.
    Wastewater is any water that has been adversely affected in quality by anthropogenic influence

Extensive Definition

Anthropogenic effects, processes, objects, or materials are those that are derived from human activities, as opposed to those occurring in natural environments without human influences.
The term is often used in the context of environmental externalities in the form of chemical or biological wastes that are produced as by-products of otherwise purposeful human activities.


Anthropogenic sources include industry, agriculture, botany, mining, transportation, construction, habitations and deforestation.



  • Conversion of woodlands into fields and pastures including slash-and-burn techniques.
  • Diversion of surface and groundwater.
  • Ground water salinization due to inadequate drainage.
  • Pollution of soil and water by chemicals found in fertilizer and pesticides.
  • dirty or unclean water


  • The human alteration of plants by breeding, selection, genetic engineering and tissue fusion (see cultigen)





  • Concentration of human activities in discrete zones.
  • Concentration of waste products, sewage, and debris.
anthropogenic in Danish: Antropogen
anthropogenic in German: Anthropogen
anthropogenic in Spanish: Antropogénesis
anthropogenic in Italian: Antropogenico
anthropogenic in Polish: Czynniki antropogeniczne
anthropogenic in Portuguese: Antropogénico
anthropogenic in Swedish: Antropogen
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