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abiotic

[ey-bahy-ot-ik, ab-ee-] /ˌeɪ baɪˈɒt ɪk, ˌæb i-/
adjective
1.
of or characterized by the absence of life or living organisms.
Also, abiotical.
Origin
a-6 + biotic
Related forms
abiotically, adverb
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abiotic

adj.

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

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abiotic
  (ā'bī-ŏt'ĭk)   
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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