[ey-bahy-oh-sis, ab-ee-]


the absence or lack of life; a nonviable state.

Origin of abiosis

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British Dictionary definitions for abiosis



absence of life
Derived Formsabiotic (ˌeɪbaɪˈɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for abiosis

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




Absence of life.
Related formsa′bi•otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.
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abiosis 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.
Related formsabiosis noun (ā′bī-ōsĭs)
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