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or abiotical

[ey-bahy-ot-ik or ey-bahy-ot-i-kuh l; ab-ee-] /ˌeɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk or ˌeɪ baɪˈɒt ɪ kəl; ˌæb i-/
of or characterized by the absence of life or living organisms.
Origin of abiotic
a-6 + biotic
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abiotically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Word Origin and History for abiotic

"without life," 1870, from a- (3) + biotic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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abiotic in Science
Not associated with or derived from living organisms. Abiotic factors in an environment include such items as sunlight, temperature, wind patterns, and precipitation. Compare biotic.

abiosis noun (ā'bī-ō'sĭs)
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