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biological

or bi·o·log·ic

[bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l or bahy-uh-loj-ik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to biology.
  2. of or relating to the products and operations of applied biology: a biological test.
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noun
  1. Pharmacology. any substance, as a serum or vaccine, derived from animal products or other biological sources and used to treat or prevent disease.
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Origin of biological

First recorded in 1855–60; biolog(y) + -ical
Related formsbi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectivenon·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·bi·o·log·ic, adjectivesem·i·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbun·bi·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nonbiological

nonbiological

adjective
  1. not related by birthnonbiological mother
  2. (of a detergent) not containing enzymes said to be capable of removing stains of organic origin from items to be washed
  3. not of or relating to biology
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biological

archaic biologic

adjective
  1. of or relating to biology
  2. (of a detergent) containing enzymes said to be capable of removing stains of organic origin from items to be washed
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noun
  1. (usually plural) a drug, such as a vaccine, that is derived from a living organism
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Derived Formsbiologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nonbiological

biological

adj.

1840, from biology + -ical. Biological clock attested from 1955; not especially of human reproductive urges until c.1991. Related: Biologically.

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nonbiological in Medicine

biological

(bī′ə-lŏjĭ-kəl)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, caused by, or affecting life or living organisms.
  2. Having to do with biology.
  3. Related by blood, as in a child's biological parents.
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