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abiotic

[ey-bahy-ot-ik, ab-ee-]
adjective
of or characterized by the absence of life or living organisms.
Also, abiotical.


Origin:
a-6 + biotic

abiotically, adverb
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abiotic
"without life," 1803, from a- (3) + adj. formed from Gk. bios "life" (see bio-).
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abiotic   (ā'bī-ŏt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
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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