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bio

[bahy-oh] /ˈbaɪ oʊ/ Informal.
noun, plural bios.
1.
2.
adjective
4.
biological:
a bio control service using praying mantises to reduce the population of garden pests.
Origin of bio
1945-1950
1945-50; by shortening; as adj., independent use of bio-, taken as a free form

bio-

1.
a combining form meaning “life” occurring in loanwords from Greek (biography); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (bioluminescence).
Also, especially before a vowel, bi-.
Origin
combining form of Greek bíos life; akin to Latin vīvus living, Sanskrit jīvas. See quick
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  • These wild night sounds found quick response in bio's Indian blood.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • I reserve for myself the command of the army of the bio bio.

    The Pearl of the Andes Gustave Aimard
  • He had that morning crossed the ford of the Carampangne, and was drawing near to the bio bio which he hoped to reach by sunset.

    The Pearl of the Andes Gustave Aimard
  • But the bio bio had to be crossed, and there lay the difficulty.

    The Pearl of the Andes Gustave Aimard
  • "The bio team stole all the weapons," MacFarland said without preamble.

    The Unprotected Species Melvin Sturgis
British Dictionary definitions for bio

bio

/ˈbaɪəʊ/
noun (pl) bios
1.
short for biography

bio-

combining form
1.
indicating or involving life or living organisms: biogenesis, biolysis
2.
indicating a human life or career: biography, biopic
Word Origin
from Greek bios life
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Word Origin and History for bio
n.

short for biography, attested from 1961.

bio-

word-forming element, from Greek bio-, comb. form of bios "one's life, course or way of living, lifetime" (as opposed to zoe "animal life, organic life"), from PIE root *gweie- "to live" (cf. Sanskrit jivah "alive, living;" Old English cwic "alive;" Latin vivus "living, alive," vita "life;" Middle Persian zhiwak "alive;" Old Church Slavonic zivo "to live;" Lithuanian gyvas "living, alive;" Old Irish bethu "life," bith "age;" Welsh byd "world"). Equivalent of Latin vita. The correct usage is that in biography, but in modern science it has been extended to mean "organic life."

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bio in Medicine

bio- or bi-
pref.

  1. Life; living organism: biology.

  2. Biology; biological: biophysics.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bio

bio

noun

A biography, esp a brief one in a yearbook, theater program, etc: By now Jenny had read my bio in the program ( first form 1950s+, second 1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for bio

bio

1.
biographical summary
2.
biology

BIO

Biotechnology Industry Organization
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