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a combining form meaning “mode of life,” used in the formation of compound words:
aerobiosis; parabiosis.
Origin of -biosis
< Greek bíōsis, equivalent to biō-, verbid stem of bioûn to live + -sis -sis; cf. anabiosis, symbiosis, on which subsequent coinages were probably modeled Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -biosis


combining form
indicating a specified mode of life: symbiosis
Derived Forms
-biotic, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek biōsis; see bio-, -osis
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-biosis in Medicine

-biosis suff.
A way of living: parabiosis.

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