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abiosis

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

the absence or lack of life; a nonviable state.

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Origin of abiosis

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British Dictionary definitions for abiosis

abiosis
/ (ˌeɪbaɪˈəʊsɪs) /

noun

absence of life

Derived forms of abiosis

abiotic (ˌeɪbaɪˈɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for abiosis

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

abiosis
[ ā′bī-ōsĭs ]

n.

Absence of life.
abiotrophy

Other words from abiosis

a′bi•otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.
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