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biotic vs. abiotic

biotic vs. abiotic: What’s the difference?

In science, biotic means pertaining to life or consisting of living organisms. Abiotic means not associated with or not consisting of living organisms. They’re often used to describe factors in an environment. Examples of abiotic factors include weather and habitat, while biotic factors are plants, animals, and other living things in the environment.

[ bahy-ot-ik ]
  1. pertaining to life.
[ ey-bahy-ot-ik, ab-ee- ]
  1. of or characterized by the absence of life or living organisms.

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