[ 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 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

[ ā′bī-ōsĭs ]


Absence of life.

Other words from abiosis

a′bi•otic (-ŏtĭk) adj.
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Scientific 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.

Other words from abiotic

abiosis noun (ā′bī-ōsĭs)
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