[ ey-bahy-oh-sis, ab-ee- ]
/ ˌeɪ baɪˈoʊ sɪs, ˌæb i- /


the absence or lack of life; a nonviable state.

Origin of abiosis

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British Dictionary definitions for abiosis


/ (ˌeɪbaɪˈəʊsɪs) /


absence of life

Derived Forms

abiotic (ˌeɪbaɪˈɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for abiosis

C20: from a- 1 + Greek biōsis a way of living
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Medicine definitions for abiosis


[ ā′bī-ōsĭs ]


Absence of life.

Related forms

a′bi•otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for abiosis


[ ā′bī-ŏtĭk ]

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.

Related forms

abiosis noun (ā′bī-ōsĭs)
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