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Bio Words referring to “life” :
“eubiosphere” to “hypobiosis”
Part 17 of 20

bio-, bi-, -bia, -bial, -bian, -bion, -biont, -bius, -biosis, -bium, -biotic, -biotical, -biotic (Greek: life; living, live, alive).

Don’t confuse this element with another bi- that means “two”.

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That part of the biosphere in which the physiological processes of living organisms can occur; comprising the allobiosphere and autobiosphere.
A reference to an organism tolerating a wide range of a particular environmental factor.
1. One who studies life that originates on the outside, or exterior, of an organism.
2. One who studies extraterrestrial life.
A branch of biology with a special interest in the search for life on other planets and elesewhere in the universe, and with the study of conditions that might give rise to extraterrestrial life, as well as the study of the effects of extraterrestrial environments.
Living on the exterior of a substrate (substratum) [base to which a stationary animal or a plant is fixed] or the outside of an organism.
One who studies the biosphere.
The study of the biosphere.
A plant that is associated with dry land.
geobiont, geobiontic:
An organism spending its whole life in the soil.
The total life of the land; that part of the Earth’s surface occupied by terrestrial organisms; terrestrial life.
The study of animals in the absence of contaminating microorganisms; i.e., of “germ-free” animals.
A condition in which animals are sterile both internally and externally, or of the procedures used to secure and maintain these conditions.
Living colonies or species, assembled from pure isolates (separations).
An individual organism from a group assembled from pure isolates or separations from other organisms. Also, gnotobiota.
Denoting germ-free or formerly germ-free organisms in which the composition of any associated microbial flora, if present, is fully defined.
halobios, halobiotic:
The total life of the sea; that part of the Earth’s surface occupied by marine organisms.
An association of marine plants.
halobiont, halobiontic:
A marine organism or an organism living in a saline habitat.
Living in marshes.
A condition of being an obligate (obligatory) endobiont and specifically that of a parasitic fungus that produces spores within the host tissue.
The condition of a parasite that can exist both inside and outside the host.
A reference to a symbiotic association of several members, particularly of a lichen containing several species of algae.
Holophyte or any green, phototrophic, independent plant.
The condition of being an obligate endobiont and specifically that of a parasitic fungus which produces spores within the host tissue.
The study of life in aquatic habitats.
The sum total of all aquatic life; that part of the Earth’s surface occupied by aquatic organisms.
The development of living organisms, as bacteria, in fluid media; the conditions of life of such organisms.
A condition of those benthic organisms that live under surface structures such as domes and other similar situations.

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