a combining form meaning “mode of life,” used in the formation of compound words: aerobiosis; parabiosis.

Words nearby -biosis

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
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British Dictionary definitions for -biosis


n combining form

indicating a specified mode of lifesymbiosis

Derived forms of -biosis

-biotic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -biosis

New Latin, from Greek biōsis; see bio-, -osis
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Medical definitions for -biosis



A way of living:parabiosis.
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