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biotic

[bahy-ot-ik] /baɪˈɒt ɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to life.
Also, biotical.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Greek biōtikós of, pertaining to life, equivalent to biō-, verbid stem of bioûn to live + -tikos -tic
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biotic

/baɪˈɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to living organisms
2.
(of a factor in an ecosystem) produced by the action of living organisms Compare edaphic
Word Origin
C17: from Greek biotikos, from bios life
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Word Origin and History for bio tical

biotic

adj.

"pertaining to life," 1847, in the medical sense, from Latin bioticus, from Greek biotikos "pertaining to life," from bios "life" (see bio-). Biotic factor was in use by 1907. Related: Biotical.

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bio tical in Medicine

biotic bi·ot·ic (bī-ŏt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Relating to life or living organisms.

  2. Produced or caused by living organisms.

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bio tical in Science
biotic
  (bī-ŏt'ĭk)   
  1. Consisting of living organisms. An ecosystem is made up of a biotic community (all of the naturally occurring organisms within the system) together with the physical environment.

  2. Associated with or derived from living organisms. The biotic factors in an environment include the organisms themselves as well as such items as predation, competition for food resources, and symbiotic relationships. Compare abiotic.


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