bio tical

biotic

[bahy-ot-ik]
adjective
pertaining to life.
Also, biotical.


Origin:
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)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to living organisms
2.  Compare edaphic (of a factor in an ecosystem) produced by the action of living organisms
 
[C17: from Greek biotikos, from bios life]

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biotic
"pertaining to life," 1847, in the medical sense, from L. bioticus, from Gk. biotikos "pertaining to life," from bios "life" (see bio-). Biotic factor was in use by 1907.
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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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biotic   (bī-ŏt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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