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[ey-bahy-ot-ik, ab-ee-] /ˌeɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk, ˌæb i-/
of or characterized by the absence of life or living organisms.
Origin of abiotic
a-6 + biotic
Related forms
abiotically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abiotic
  • 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.
  • For example, we know quite precisly the abiotic paleoenvironmental conditions.
  • And there has apparently been no help whatsoever from "abiotic" sources (yes, they are called fossil fuels for a reason).
  • The former are biotic and the latter are abiotic variables which shape the diversity and topology of the tree of life.
  • These are all a set of models which emphasize the abiotic selective pressures on life forms, as opposed to the biotic ones.
  • The goal is to restore, over large portions of the continent, the abiotic and biotic processes that sustain biodiversity.
  • In this way, the biotic parts of the ecosystem depend on abiotic factors.
Word Origin and History for abiotic

"without life," 1870, from a- (3) + biotic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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abiotic in Science
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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