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[hahy-luh-zoh-iz-uh m]
noun Philosophy.
  1. the doctrine that matter is inseparable from life, which is a property of matter.
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Origin of hylozoism

1670–80; hylo- + zo- (stem of Greek zōḗ) life + -ism
Related formshy·lo·zo·ic, adjectivehy·lo·zo·ist, nounhy·lo·zo·is·tic, adjectivehy·lo·zo·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. the philosophical doctrine that life is one of the properties of matter
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Derived Formshylozoic, adjectivehylozoist, nounhylozoistic, adjectivehylozoistically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: hylo- + Greek zōē life
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