[ ey-bahy-oh-sis, ab-ee- ]
/ ˌeɪ baɪˈoʊ sɪs, ˌæb i- /
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the absence or lack of life; a nonviable state.
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British Dictionary definitions for abiosis
/ (ˌeɪbaɪˈəʊsɪs) /
absence of life
Derived forms of abiosisabiotic (ˌeɪbaɪˈɒtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for abiosis
C20: from a- 1 + Greek biōsis a way of living
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Medical definitions for abiosis
[ ā′bī-ō′sĭs ]
Absence of life.
Other words from abiosisa′bi•ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.
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