bio

[ bahy-oh ]
/ ˈbaɪ oʊ /
Informal.

noun, plural bi·os.

adjective

biological: a bio control service using praying mantises to reduce the population of garden pests.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of bio

1945–50; by shortening; as adj., independent use of bio-, taken as a free form

Definition for bio (2 of 2)

bio-

a combining form meaning “life” occurring in loanwords from Greek (biography); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (bioluminescence).
Also especially before a vowel, bi-.

Origin of bio-

combining form of Greek bíos life; akin to Latin vīvus living, Sanskrit jīvas.See quick
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for bio (1 of 2)

bio
/ (ˈbaɪəʊ) /

noun plural bios

short for biography

British Dictionary definitions for bio (2 of 2)

bio-

before a vowel bi-


combining form

indicating or involving life or living organismsbiogenesis; biolysis
indicating a human life or careerbiography; biopic

Word Origin for bio-

from Greek bios life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for bio

bio-

pref.

Life; living organism:biology.
Biology; biological:biophysics.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.