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bio

[bahy-oh] /ˈbaɪ oʊ/
noun, plural bios.
1.
2.
adjective
4.
biological:
a bio control service using praying mantises to reduce the population of garden pests.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; by shortening; as adj., independent use of bio-, taken as a free form

bio-

1.
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
combining form of Greek bíos life; akin to Latin vīvus living, Sanskrit jīvas. See quick
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Examples from the web for bio
  • Diverting land from food crops to making bio diesel however efficiently, doesn't seem credible to me.
  • But it is also the home of bio tech advances in agriculture.
  • The barriers to a bio-based fuel supply start way before cellulosic ethanol plants are built and global policy is crafted.
  • Vaporizing sawdust and corn stalks yields a versatile petroleum stand-in called bio-oil.
  • The concept of bio-fuel does potentially make sense if implemented intelligently.
  • Food corn and corn used for bio-fuels are different.
  • Anyways, sensory bio-tech is showing a lot of promise for widespread application.
  • Probably a shift to bio fuels will trigger higher food prices and maybe that will be those bad couple of years.
  • The whole world will acquire better defences against bio-terrorism and large-scale natural epidemics.
  • Finally, land once earmarked for food growth increasingly is being used to develop bio fuel crops.
British Dictionary definitions for bio

bio

/ˈbaɪəʊ/
noun (pl) bios
1.
short for biography

bio-

combining form
1.
indicating or involving life or living organisms: biogenesis, biolysis
2.
indicating a human life or career: biography, biopic
Word Origin
from Greek bios life
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Word Origin and History for bio
n.

short for biography, attested from 1961.

bio-

word-forming element, from Greek bio-, comb. form of bios "one's life, course or way of living, lifetime" (as opposed to zoe "animal life, organic life"), from PIE root *gweie- "to live" (cf. Sanskrit jivah "alive, living;" Old English cwic "alive;" Latin vivus "living, alive," vita "life;" Middle Persian zhiwak "alive;" Old Church Slavonic zivo "to live;" Lithuanian gyvas "living, alive;" Old Irish bethu "life," bith "age;" Welsh byd "world"). Equivalent of Latin vita. The correct usage is that in biography, but in modern science it has been extended to mean "organic life."

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bio in Medicine

bio- or bi-
pref.

  1. Life; living organism: biology.

  2. Biology; biological: biophysics.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bio

bio

noun

A biography, esp a brief one in a yearbook, theater program, etc: By now Jenny had read my bio in the program ( first form 1950s+, second 1940s+)


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Related Abbreviations for bio

bio

  1. biographical summary
  2. biology

BIO

Biotechnology Industry Organization
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