abiotic

[ey-bahy-ot-ik, ab-ee-]
adjective
of or characterized by the absence of life or living organisms.
Also, abiotical.


Origin:
a-6 + biotic

abiotically, adverb
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abiosis (ˌeɪbaɪˈəʊsɪs)
 
n
absence of life
 
[C20: from a-1 + Greek biōsis a way of living]
 
abiotic
 
adj

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abiotic
"without life," 1803, from a- (3) + adj. formed from Gk. bios "life" (see bio-).
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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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Example sentences
There is no other appropriate abiotic vehicle.
This is called abiotic pollination.
These hydrocarbons are believed to be created by abiotic processes.
Your comments on abiotic oil are irrelevant.
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