[ey-bahy-oh-sis, ab-ee-]
the absence or lack of life; a nonviable state.

a-6 + -biosis

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abiosis (ˌeɪbaɪˈəʊsɪs)
absence of life
[C20: from a-1 + Greek biōsis a way of living]

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abiosis a·bi·o·sis (ā'bī-ō'sĭs)

  1. Absence of life.

  2. See abiotrophy.

a'bi·ot'ic (-ŏt'ĭk) adj.
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abiotic   (ā'bī-ŏt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Not associated with or derived from living organisms. Abiotic factors in an environment include such items as sunlight, temperature, wind patterns, and precipitation. Compare biotic.

abiosis noun (ā'bī-ō'sĭs)
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